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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will get post-launch DLC this year

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It's no secret that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be biggest Legend of Zelda game to date. On that Note, Nintendo has announced that they will be releasing new content for the game at three separate times: on launch, in the summer, and at the year.

For $19.99 players can purchase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass. This pass will give players access to an Expansion Pass Bonus on launch day that contains three new treasure chests found in the Great Plateau that contains "useful items" and includes and exclusive shirt with the Nintendo Switch logo. In the Summer of 2017 Nintendo will release DLC Pack 1 which adds a new Cave of Trials challenge, Hard Mode, and an addition map feature. Then around Holiday 2017 Nintendo will release DLC Pack 2 which will have a new original story, a new dungeon, and additional challenges.

This is the first time a main-line Legend of Zelda game will be getting post-launch DLC and while some may question the $19.99 price point, that's not too bad considering other DLC Packs Nintendo has done for other games such as Fire Emblem: Awakening. Only time will tell if the twenty dollars will be worth it, but knowing me I'll probably pick it up day one. It's also worth noting that as of now you can NOT purchase the DLC Packs individually; it's all or none.

Nintendo Prepares Downloadable Content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

New Adventures Built on the Game’s Huge World Coming Later in 2017

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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.

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3, players will be able to p ...

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items. The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and 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 will launch in Holiday 2017, and 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 Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.

“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 developer Eiji Aonuma, the longtime producer of the series. “With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”

Aonuma also created a brief video to share more details about the Expansion Pass. It can be viewed at http://zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/expansion-pass/.

For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, visit http://www.zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild.

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