The prospect of DLC coming to Breath of the Wild has been a topic of discussion for almost as long as we’ve known the rough size of the game’s overworld. All of that space would offer plenty of room to toss in future content post-release, after all.
Luckily, Nintendo was thinking along the same lines. Today, Eiji Aonuma announced the existence of an “Expansion Pass” that will be available for purchase starting on March 3, 2017, when Breath of the Wild releases for Wii U and Switch. It’s the first paid DLC to ever be announced for a mainline Zelda game, so it seems fitting that such would make its debut on the biggest Zelda title to date.
The Expansion Pass is priced at $19.99 and will be split into two distributions: one in the summer, and one during the holiday season. It’s important to note that the DLC’s components can’t be purchased separately. According to Aonuma, the aim of the Pass is to “give even seasoned Hyrule explorers something new and fun… to explore, play, and enjoy for a long time.”
But what do you get in the Expansion Pass? Nintendo is a bit mum on the finer details, but here’s a breakdown of everything that will be included:
- Expansion Pass Bonus — March 3, 2017
- Purchasing the Expansion Pass either before or after the start of the game will at once place three new treasure chests in the Great Plateau.
- One will contain a Switch logo shirt — exclusive to the Pass — that Link can wear. The other two will contain “useful items.”
- DLC Pack 1 — Summer 2017
- A new “Cave of Trials” challenge will be added.
- A new Hard Mode will become available, the specifics of which are not yet known.
- An “additional map feature” will become available. Again, specifics are unknown.
- DLC Pack 2 — Holiday 2017
- This pack will bring a new “original story.”
- A new dungeon will become available.
- “Additional challenges” will also be included, but no word yet on what those are.
Much like most of Breath of the Wild’s marketing even now, Nintendo is holding their cards close to their chest to avoid spoiling what makes the game new and exciting. Are these details enough to encourage you to purchase the Expansion Pass on day one, or will you be waiting to find out what, exactly, each piece of content entails? Check out Aonuma’s announcement video below, and let us know your thoughts on this new direction for the Zelda series.