One of the gaming titles that will launch with the Nintendo Switch next month is The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild (it will also be the final first-party title for the unloved Wii U). In a somewhat surprising move, Nintendo announced today that an Expansion Pass will be available for the game when it launches on March 3rd.
“Since this incarnation of Hyrule is so huge, it is our hope that everyone who plays will have a wide variety of fun experiences as they explore,” said series producer Eiji Aonuma. “To help people do that, we’ve decided to create additional content for the game for the mainline The Legend of Zelda series.”
Priced at $19.99, the Expansion Pass will feature two DLC packs. But before we even get to the DLC, purchasing the Expansion Pass will immediately give you access to three new treasure chests (one of which is a shirt that Link can wear during his adventures that is emblazoned with a Nintendo Switch logo). The first real DLC pack will arrive this summer, and will feature a Cave of Trials challenge and the addition of hard mode.
The second DLC won’t arrive until around Christmas time, and will bring gamers a new dungeon and a new original story. But what’s really interesting is that Nintendo won’t let you purchase the DLC separately. It’s all or nothing, even if you don’t care about the Cave of Trials or hard mode.
We reported in late January that the Nintendo Switch version of Breath of the Wild will be limited to a 900p resolution, which is a slight boost from the 720p that the Wii U is stuck with. The frame rate will also be locked in at 30 FPS.