We have our first look at DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it's pretty great.
The Expansion Pass, costing £17.99, will consist of two packs of content – one this summer, and one in winter. You can't buy them separately, but they're available on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
The first pack is called The Master Trials, and includes:
- Hard Mode: For the completists among you. All enemies move up a rank (red Bokoblins change to blue, and so on) and some harder enemies will appear where you wouldn't expect to find them. They'll be better at noticing Link as he approaches, and they'll (slowly) heal as you're fighting them, so you'll have to be quick.
Hard Mode also includes "floating planks held aloft by balloons" (they love their balloons, don't they?) that include enemies to fight and treasure to plunder.
- Trial of the Sword: You might know this as the Cave of Trials – the cave that's just an endless parade of enemies. The BOTW version includes about 45 rooms, each of which has to be completed in sequence. You start with no armour or weapons, but if you get all the way to the end, you unlock the power of the Master Sword, which stays in its glowing powered-up state whenever you use it.
- Travel Medallion: Kinda like a Portkey in Harry Potter, the medallion can be dropped at the point on the map where you're currently standing, allowing you to instantly teleport there. It's only temporary, though, and you can only use one place at a time. The Travel Medallion is hidden in a new treasure chest somewhere in the game.
- Korok Mask: Put this on, and as well as looking hilariously like Link dressed up as a Korok for Halloween, the mask will shake when there's a Korok nearby. You'll need to find it first, though.
- Retro goodness: 8 new pieces of equipment that'll give you the nostalgia feels. Includes Majora's Mask, a Midna helmet, kickass Phantom armour and a creepy Tingle costume.
- Hero's Path Mode: This is really cool. It records all the steps you take (and have taken) in your last 200 hours of gameplay, and shows them in a green path on the map. That means you'll be able to instantly see bits of Hyrule you haven't explored yet, and head there. Here's a demo:
Aaaand finally, Nintendo's releasing a free update today that lets you change the audio language while keeping the subtitles in English. So purists can switch to the Japanese audio, or your choice of French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. If you're on Wii U, you'll need a voice pack from the eShop first.
Phew. That's a lot of content – we're as tired as Bolson after a long hammering session. What do you reckon, will you be buying The Master Trials? Let us know in the comments (preferably prefaced with 'What's our credo?').