UPDATE 15/02: Fans are divided on Nintendo’s decision to offer downloadable content for upcoming Nintendo Switch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The company announced this week that this would be the first Zelda game to offer downloadable content in the form of two DLC packs to be released at different points in 2017.
Fans can sign up for an Expansion Pass at launch, which would give them access to both packs when they arrive, for £17.99.
But many Zelda devotees responded to the move with outrage:
Others seemed to side with Nintendo on the great DLC debacle:
And some offered caustic condemnation of anyone daring to express themselves on the matter:
And of course, Trump had to weigh in:
Eiji Aonuma, the game’s producer, naturally supports the whole DLC thing, saying: “Since this incarnation of Hyrule is so huge, it’s our hope that everyone who plays will have a wide variety of fun experiences as they explore.
“To help people do that, we’ve decided to create additional content for the game – a first for the mainline Legend of Zelda series.
“With this additional content, we’d like to give even seasoned Hyrule explorers something new and fun.”
Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the first Zelda game to get downloadable content post-launch.
The company says fans will have the chance to sign up for two new sets of DLC at launch by paying £17.99 for an “Expansion Pass”.
Nintendo will be releasing the two packs later in 2017, though no specific release dates have been given at this point in time.
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The first of the downloadable add-ons is expected to arrive this summer, however, and will bring a new Cave of Trials challenge to the upcoming Nintendo Switch title.
It will also add a new hard mode to the game, which is also set to be avaialble on Wii U, along with a mysterious undisclosed feature for the in-game map.
The second content pack will launch in “Holiday 2017”, and will bring a new set of challenges that give players the chance to explore a new dungeon and grapple with a new original story.
Nintendo added in an official release: “Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area.
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“One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo which Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items.”
Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, the long-time producer of the series, said: “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.
“With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”
Both the Switch and Wii U versions of the game will allow players to sign up for the Expansion Pass, which is identical in both cases.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to launch alongside the Nintendo Switch console itself on March 3, so stay tuned for more as the release date approaches.
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