In a surprising announcement last week, Nintendo reported that there will be DLC for Breath of the Wild in the form of an “Expansion Pass” for $20. This pass will include two packs of DLC, as well as some extra items to use in-game. As one might expect, reactions to the DLC have been mixed.
Recently, Bill Trinen appeared on IGN’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast to talk about the Switch and Breath of the Wild. Considering DLC is a first for a main series Zelda game (barring Tri Force Heroes), it was only natural for the topic of DLC to come up, which Trinen addresses. According to him, there was a fair amount of internal debate about the subject. “It was tough, because we actually had a lot of debate in terms of do we announce it, how do we announce it.” He goes on to mention Nintendo’s history of making games as complete as possible before they launch. Apparently, as the development team was nearing the end of production, they bemoaned the fact that this huge iteration of Hyrule would only last one game. The team then started questioning how they would implement DLC and what it would entail if they did.
“It was tough, because we actually had a lot of debate in terms of do we announce it, how do we announce it.”
Trinen also speaks about the DLC’s launch window, noting that “The DLC is not launching the day after the game or the week after. It’s coming out several months later in the form of the first pack and then several months after that in the form of the second pack. And that’s because the content is in development.” He likens the DLC’s release to Mario Kart 8′s by saying that Nintendo’s ultimate goal is to give players something extra and additional content to look forward to. He thinks many people will be happy to know that there is more to come in Breath of the Wild and that they will be eager to return to Hyrule later in the year.
That being said, has this interview changed your thoughts on Breath of the Wild’s DLC?