The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has Future DLC Planned With Expansion Pass

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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Nintendo has made a big announcement regarding the latest Zelda game. The Expansion Pass for the game will have DLC scheduled to appear throughout 2017, as seen in the picture above, and for the price of $19.99. More information can be found here, along with their intent in the following:

Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items.

The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and will include the addition of a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a new feature for the in-game map.

The second content pack will launch in Holiday 2017, and adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story.

The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.

Series producer Eiji Aonuma has also announced the following regarding the Expansion Pass in this video:

Given all of this news, are you excited for the new DLC coming to the game? Do you think it will detract from the experience, or only add to it? Be sure to leave us your thoughts in the comments below! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on the Wii U and the Switch on March 3, 2017.


About Jonathan Falu

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  • bomblord

    Reasonably priced and sounds substantial enough to justify the price.

    Is releasing late enough that we can be sure they are actually putting more time and money into it and not just holding back existing material.

    Sounds good to me.

    I guess Aounuma was serious when he said that it was difficult to stop adding content in that interview.

  • Not only is that a pretty good value, they are actually showing us what we’ll be getting BEFORE they put it up for sale.

    Take notes, AAA publishers.

    • Mir Teiwaz

      It’s nice that they’re telling us what is in these packs, but we really need some clarification on some of it. Is it a “new” cave of trials because it’s in BotW, or is it a separate one from one that’s already in the game? Is this hard mode an arrange version like OoT Master Quest, or are they holding Hero mode hostage behind a $20 paywall?

      So far I’m not convinced it’s worth the asking price.

    • You have a good point. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

      If it’s the usual Hero Mode, that would be strange because the only difference is that there are no hearts and you take more damage. That shouldn’t be too difficult to create, and should be available at launch. Maybe there’s more to the new hard mode.

      Also, nice avatar. 🙂

    • Mir Teiwaz

      I’m hoping there’s more to it, but I’m not exactly holding my breath.

      You too 🙂

  • Panpopo

    People will buy it, and Nintendo knows it. This DLC is not a surprise as it is free money for their most popular IP.

    As long as this doesn’t lead to absurdly large Day One patches with Nintendo games, I’m fine with it as it looks optional. I like most people are conditioned for this DLC practice over the years. This may also lead to a “complete” version with their inevitable re-releases, for those that are patient.

  • Mr0303

    A difficulty setting should never be DLC.

  • MusouTensei

    I guess I’ll buy it used then…