The Great Emoticon turns old AIM conversations into a Zelda game

If the faces of the AOL Instant Messenger conversations of yore were to attain sentience and corporeal forms, the design of the post-apocalyptic world of The Great Emoticon is arguably what that reality would look like.

The trailer released by developer Hit That Switch last week looks to be another entry into the top-down action-adventure genre carved out by the earlier entries of The Legend of Zelda. The unnamed protagonist, using the all-mighty emoticon emotional energies of glad, mad and sad, must persevere through pleasantly vibrant monster designs, reminiscent of what someone thought a computer virus looked like back in the ‘90s, to defeat what could reasonably be an angsty away message or something.

The Toronto-based developer estimates a release in 2015, so for now, you can follow the action on TIGSource or on their website.