What if the classic Legend of Zelda games changed the playing field? Imagine a version where Zelda is the protagonist, and she has to rescue Prince Link. Frankly, it seems like this should be a project that already exists. It’s not though, so author Aaron Diaz imagined a game – Clockwork Empire – with Zelda as the heroine. His description:
Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.
This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.
The designs paired with the story have me convinced. I’d buy this game in a second.
See more concepts for the game after the break.