Stunning Concept Art for Canceled Zelda Project Emerges

Stunning Concept Art for Canceled Zelda Project Emerges

Artist Sammy Hall and Shinesparkers have shared the uncovered goods.

Well, here's something you definitely don't see every day. Concept art for what's claimed to be a "canceled Zelda project" has emerged online, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

Shinesparkers.net, a fan community dedicated to the Metroid series, claims they've received concept art that belongs to Sammy Hall, who worked as a concept artist for Retro Studios, developers of Metroid Prime. This artwork details a "canceled Zelda project from 2005 to 2008," and you can take a look at a sample of the artwork below.

This art depicts a Zelda project that, according to Shinesparkers, would have followed on from the "bad" ending of Ocarina of Time, where Link fails to defeat Ganon. Described as an "action/JRPG" in the concept art obtained by the website, the project would have followed not Link, but the last Sheik instead.

Aside from this Zelda project, Shinesparkers also obtained concept art for a canceled "Boo project," also produced by Hall. There's not nearly as much detail to go on with this project as there is with the Zelda title, but there's a potential world map included within the sketches.

It actually sounds like Hall isn't too fond of working in the games industry after several decades. "Have always worked full-time at developer studios. Sometimes random freelance for fun projects outside of games," he wrote in a recent post on his Artstation profile. "But I'm completely pulling out of that game career until there can be some real solutions to the exploitation, criminality, and abuse that I see my peers put through... Things have been messy for way way too many decades."

Header image credit: Sammy Hall on Artstation.

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