Nintendo is mixing things up with an expansion pass for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, despite fan protest.
The expansion pass is going for $20 and will include three bonus treasure chests, a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode, more story content, extra challenges, another dungeon, and a new feature for the open-world map. The expansion will be split into two DLC packs with the first scheduled to land in the summer of 2017 and the second following that winter.
While many fans are against the idea, Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America Bill Trinen used a recent IGN Nintendo Voice Chat podcast to defend the position. Trinen’s interview begins around the 26-minute mark.
Trinen revealed that the announcement of the DLC was “tough”, presumably considering the studio’s anticipated fan reaction, but he claims the studio thought it would be a waste to simply stop at one game. The content is still in development, meaning fans likely won’t be seeing it for some time. At the very least, this suggests that the content is indeed an expansion on the main game and not content that was pulled off disc to be sold separately for easy profit.
For now, fans should stick to anticipating the actual release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which is launching March 3rd on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.