As a Nintendo Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is poised to be one of the biggest video game releases of the year. Nintendo has only recently joined the modern gaming industry in releasing post-launch DLC for their games, such as with recent Mario Kart and Fire Emblem titles. They have now announced the first ever DLC for a main-line Legend of Zelda title.
An Expansion Pass will be offered when the game launches on March 3, for $19.99. The Expansion Pass (usually called a Season Pass in other games) will grant access to two upcoming sets of downloadable content when they release later this year.
“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 and Zelda developer Eiji Aonuma. “With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”
The first content pack is scheduled to arrive this Summer. It will add a Cave of Trials challenge, a new Hard mode, and a new feature for the in-game map.
The second content pack should arrive this Holiday season. It adds “new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story.”
The Expansion Pass will be available for both Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Strangely the $19.99 Pass will be the only way to experience that content, as they’re not being sold individually.
Purchasing the Expansion Pass all grants three new treasure chests that will appear in the Great Plateau area. One contains a shirt with a Nintendo logo that Link can wear, while the other two contain “useful items.”