Nintendo announced today that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have an Expansion Pass for downloadable content. This marks the first time that the Zelda series has had DLC, let alone multiple releases and a Season Pass. The first content release is coming this Summer, while the second release is expected in Holiday 2017. The Pass will be $19.99 in North America.
"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," says Nintendo. "As a result, the first-ever downloadable content for the mainline The Legend of Zelda series is in development."
"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," says Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma. "With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more."
Buying the Expansion Pass will immediately unlock three new Treasure Chests in the Great Plateau area of Breath of the Wild. One chest will contain a Nintendo Switch logo shirt, while the other two will include "useful items". The Summer content release will include another Cave of Trials challenge, a new map feature, and a hard mode for Breath of the Wild. The Holiday release will have a "new original story" and a new dungeon.
The Expansion Pass will be available for the Wii U and Switch versions of the game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to both platforms on March 3, 2017.
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