Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will feature downloadable content in the form of an Expansion Pass that will be available for purchase when the game launches on March 3, and will contain 2 separate packs. This will be the first time DLC will be available for a mainline Zelda game. The Expansion Pass will be available on both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
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.
So, as for the contents of the DLC, we have to wait until it is at least closer to release to know full-fledged what it entails, but I would venture to guess that keeping with traditional Nintendo fashion, there will be much more surprise than anything. One thing I do feel is necessary however, is caution where skepticism is concerned. Unfortunately, this is not addressing an issue before it becomes one…it has already started.
There are those people who are already calling the DLC for Breath of the Wild “the worst ever”. Not exactly sure how that can be the case, especially since we do not yet know all of the details about the content of the Expansion Pass. Now, I will preface this by saying, I have never been a big fan of DLC in pretty much any form, but there have been instances where I feel it has been done perfectly well…and that was done by Nintendo. The add-on content for Mario Kart 8 was one such instance of DLC done right.
The most promising part of what was shared about the Expansion Pass was the Cave of Trials, as well as the new dungeon and original story addition. I’m sure the bonus chests will get the bulk of many people’s attention to point to negative aspects of the content, but there’s nothing about them that should be taken as a reason to purchase or choose not to. Bottom line, as most DLC should be, the Expansion Pass should very well be optional, and players should not expect it to be mandatory for full enjoyment of the game.
“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.”
Do you expect to pick up the Expansion Pass? Will you be getting it immediately at launch or afterward? Are you a fan of DLC, if it’s done properly?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!