Today, Nintendo announced an “Expansion Pass” for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The pass will be priced at $19.99 USD and grant access to two sets of DLC for the game, due out in sometime in the summer and holiday, respectively.
Starting when the game launches on March 3, 2017, players will be able to purchase the pass. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these chests will contain a Nintendo Switch logo shirt that can Link can wear during his adventure, this will be exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two “will deliver useful items.”
The first content pack, which is slated for this summer, 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, which will launch in Holiday 2017, 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 Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are said to be identical. Additionally, content packs cannot be purchased individually.
Nintendo provided the following explanation for the series’ first-ever DLC:
“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.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to launch worldwide for Switch and Wii U on March 3, 2017. Below, you watch a new video that contains a message from series producer Eiji Aonuma about the DLC: