Nintendo started the day off right, with some new information on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is sure to excite some and ruffle even more feathers. For the first time in the core The Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild is joining the season pass game with two rounds of DLC and an Expansion Pass including both add-ons and some bonuses. (Although, if you want to get technical, Hyrule Warriors is the first The Legend of Zelda game overall to get add-ons.)
In a video featuring The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, the basic details of the downloadable content are laid out in simple terms. The first DLC pack will launch in summer 2017 and include a “Cave of Trials” challenge, a new Hard Mode difficulty and “additional map feature,” whatever that means. The following holiday season sees the second pack’s debut, which adds more story content, a new dungeon and “additional challenges.”
The Expansion Pass will go on sale at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s launch and cost $19.99. It gives both DLC packs when they release and a few up-front bonuses, like a Switch t-shirt for link, as well. No information is given regarding what the packs will cost individually.
It’s a bit of a surprise to see DLC coming to a core The Legend of Zelda game, but the DLC Nintendo has made in the past has been well-received. Also, it seems like content that doesn’t have much effect on the out of box experience.