Breath of the Wild expansion pass announced

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be quite a departure from the series norm. There’s actual voice acting, changes to the gameplay, and its open world is more fleshed out than before. Also a first for the main Zelda series, it will be receiving post-launch DLC. Nintendo recently announced an expansion pass for the game – hit the jump to see what it entails.

According to Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, the DLC is being added to keep people exploring the game’s world, essentially encouraging replayability. The expansion pass will cost $20 (roughly R260, but expect it to be higher), and will consist of three content packs. The first is a set of day-one bonuses, including items and clothing. The second will launch sometime during winter, and adds a challenge dungeon, new map features, and a hard mode difficulty setting. The third content pack launches this festive season, adding additional story content and a new dungeon.

While some may see this as a cash-grab by Nintendo, this could be seen as an attempt to modernise one of their most venerable franchises. Interestingly, the Nintendo website explicitly states that content packs cannot be bought separately.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on 3 March 2017, for Nintendo Switch and Wii U. The expansion pass will be identical on both systems.