DLCs Finally Coming to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Downloadable Content, a.k.a. DLCs, have become a staple in modern gaming.  Whether it’s Call of Duty adding new weapon/map packs or Final Fantasy XV including a new story, developers continue to find and create ways to keep their games current and replayable with DLCs.  Nowadays the amount of games without added content are few and far between.  Today, one veteran AAA game is finally taking the plunge and planning downloadable content for their upcoming game, Nintendo‘s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

Announced today, via youtube video with Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and Press Release, Nintendo is offering up an Expansion Pass to gamers who own Breath of the Wild, for the low price of $19.99.  The announcement is a first for the long-running series, but a welcome one.  

In the video, Aonuma explains that there will be 3 DLCs released over the course of this year, each containing different, unique content. Check out the image, below!


As you can see, the Expansion Pass Bonus and DLC Pack 1 offer up some nice hardware and challenges.  However, they pale in comparison to what DLC Pack 2 has in store.  Yes, for the first time in a Zelda game, a brand new story will be added to the massive open-world game!  As for what it will involve remains to be seen but the prospect is exciting!  DLC Pack 1 will be Summer 2017, DLC Pack 2 and the Original Story will be out Holiday 2017!

While the news is an exciting way to start the day, it’s somewhat expected.  With Nintendo trying their hardest to get back to relevancy in the console war, they had to be able to add to their biggest games.  It makes complete sense to have Breath of the Wild be that first game, it’s got the landscape and the history to make it work.  Don’t be surprised if we see this again with Super Mario Odyssey.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches March 3, 2017, along with the Nintendo Switch!

For the full video and PR, see below:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles is one of the largest, most engaging video games Nintendo has ever created. While the main game offers players an engrossing quest that will keep them entertained for hours, as well as the freedom to explore the vast Hyrule at their own pace, the game world provides a rich canvas that offers the opportunity for additional adventures. As a result, the first-ever downloadable content for the main-line Legend of Zelda series is in development.

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.

“The world of Hyrule, which we created for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is so large and vibrant that we wanted to offer more for players to experience within it,” said Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, the longtime producer of the series. “With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”

Aonuma also created a brief video to share more details about the Expansion Pass. It can be viewed at http://zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/expansion-pass/.