Nintendo have revealed new details about upcoming DLC content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The new content, due for release later this year, will be the first in a series of two DLC packs available separately or as part of a £17.99 season pass bundle.
Nintendo have now confirmed that the first DLC pack will be titled ‘The Master Trials’ and will include a new ‘Hard’ and ‘Hero’s Path’ modes for the game, new ‘Trial of the Sword’ gameplay and a series of collectible content and equipment.
The games two new modes offer a slightly different play style. Hard mode upgrades the difficulty of enemies you face, allows their health to regenerate faster and makes them more alert to Link’s presence. It also adds additional content with floating islands of enemies and treasure scattered across Hyrule.
In contrast the Hero’s Path mode adds very little to game play but allows players to obsessively track their progress through the game.
“This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet,” Nintendo explained, “Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been.”
The new mode documents every step players take over 200 hours of gameplay, and works retroactively on existing progress meaning you don’t have to start a new game for the mode to take effect.
The Trial of the Sword content, which is the previously announced Cave of Trials, offers players a chance to upgrade their Master Sword with a series of challenges. Link will face a variety of enemies with limited equipment, progressing through all 45 rooms for the reward of a permanently powered-up Master sword.
The DLC also introduces several new key items, plus around eight treasure chests full of new equipment inspired by popular, recognizable characters from previous games such as Tingle, Midna and Majora’s Mask. The most interesting of these key items is the Korok Mask, which shakes whenever a Korok is nearby to help you complete that obsessively large seed collection – a pretty useful tool for completionists.
The new content also introduces a ‘Travel Medallion’ hidden in the map that once discovered will allow players to create their own fast-travel point wherever Link is standing. It’s a reusable tool but only one travel point can be registered at a time.
Nintendo are yet to confirm a specific release date for the new content, but it is likely to release around summer 2017. The second pack is expected to be released sometime in 2018, and will include additional gameplay and story content.