Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass Announced; First-Ever for the Series

Nintendo has announced that the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild title will be the first ever in the mainline Zelda series to receive an expansion pass.

The newly announced expansion pack will cost $19.99 USD, and it will be available for both consoles — Switch and Wii U. The expansion pass grants users two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. In addition, players who decide to purchase the pass will also receive three treasure chests from the beginning of the game.

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.

Check out the new expansion pass announcement trailer down below:

“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 one of the big launch titles for the Switch, so there is no doubt gamers will be intrigued in the expansion pass. The world of Breath of the Wild is said to be huge, and Nintendo ddeveloper Eiji Aounuma states that due to the vast open world there is just so much more experiences to enjoy in Hyrule.

“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.”

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to debut alongside the Switch on March 3; the title will also be available on Wii U the same day.