Tears of the Kingdom was experienceable on PC via emulation and now a mod that allows for a first-person experience.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was already experienceable on PC via emulation, and now a mod shows how it can even be played from a first-person perspective.
Modern The Legend of Zelda games have always adopted a third-person perspective, but a mod for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom showed what the game would look like when played from a perspective. of the first person. As a direct sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom once again allows players to explore the beautiful open world of Hyrule while doing some interesting side quests. However, now some players also have the option to do it in a more immersive way.
The Legend of Zelda is the latest blockbuster to appear in the Nintendo Switch’s first-party catalog as just days after its release, The Legend of Zelda has already hit a very good commercial record. Although the game is only available on Nintendo Switch, some innovative modders have ported it to PC through the use of emulation software. The modding community doesn’t seem to stop there, as it has also started rolling out some extras for the unofficial PC version of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
On Nexus Mods, a modder with the alias “trevix” uploaded a mod for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom labeled “Immersive Camera – First Person Exploration”. As the name suggests, the mod allows players to control Link through a first-person perspective. It achieves that by using Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s camera feature, which removes UI elements in the process so that Link can actually navigate while in this mode. The game automatically switches to the third-person perspective during combat or when Link jumps or swims.
That limitation is quite unfortunate, knowing that some players may want to try surfing while in first-person mode. It will probably need some more modifications for the mod to be able to achieve that, but the current situation really seems to be ideal, especially when surfing in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has could end up horribly wrong even without any mods. It’s easy to imagine how bad things could be when done in first person.
In fact, the first-person mode will be useful for players who want to be more immersive in the game. While the open world of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can feel a bit barren at times, the kingdom of Hyrule is still a wonderful sight to behold. And with the field of view getting tighter, the game can feel less empty than before, even if it’s basically just an illusion playing out.
If anything, this first-person mod for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the perfect example of a video game where the mod scene works without a hint of support from Developers. However, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo will act given how cautious Nintendo’s lawyers can sometimes be.