While it shouldn’t be a surprise that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting paid DLC, little was known about what would actually be included in the season pass. Until today, at least. Developer Nintendo has released a press release giving a full break down of the first (of two) expansions.
It was previously known that the first DLC would include Cave of Trials, a new hard mode and a new feature for the map. The Cave of Trials will be the “Trial of the Sword,” a brand new location where enemies will come one after the other in (what sounds like) waves. Link will start the trial without any equipment — be they armor or weapons — and will work his way through 45 rooms. Completing the Cave of Trials will awaken “the true Power of the Master Sword.”
Meanwhile, Hard Mode will increase the “rank” of enemies — where you may have seen a Red Bokoblin, you will see the noticeably harder Blue ones. On top of this, enemies slowly recover health, notice Link from longer distances, and more. In a bit of a departure, floating planks can be found around Hyrule where “players can battle enemies and collect treasure.” Yeah, that one has us stumped at the moment too, so we will have to see how Nintendo implements it in practice.
Another new addition is the Hero’s Path Mode — the discussed new way to interact with the map. Hero’s Path will record the path you take on your map (up to 200 hours). You won’t need to have started playing after this feature is out — the option works retroactively to record everything, even if you’ve been playing since launch. The purpose is to help players discover areas they haven’t been to yet.
Along with this, some new equipment will be added to the game. These include:
- Travel Medallion — a device that will create a quick travel point anywhere on the map, as long as you are standing in the location when you activate it. Seemingly, this point can be moved, but only one can exist at a time.
- Korok Mask — A mask which will act as another locator (like the one for Shrines) to find Koroks.
- Themed Equipment — more equipment what will be Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask themed.
While the first pack has been detailed and will be coming Summer 2017, the second DLC won’t be coming until Holiday 2017 — more information is coming in the future.
Also news, players will now be able to play the game in up to nine different audio languages: Japanese, English, French (Canada and France), German, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Italian and Russian. Players will also be able to use a different language onscreen by grabbing a free software update, all of this available now. In other words, time to load the game with Japanese audio and English subtitles.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on both Wii U and Nintendo Switch, and is the most recent 10 awarded by DualShockers. Check out the screenshots and artwork below: