Nintendo’s announcement for a $20 DLC Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was met with criticism with a quite a few people questioning it. The company has since decided to respond and explain the decision.
Bill Trinen the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America spoke to IGN discussing the DLC pass and the logic behind it.
“It was tough, because we actually had a lot of debate in terms of do we announce it, how do we announce it,” he said, as reported by DualShockers. “I think one of the things that’s unique about the way Nintendo develops games is when we’re working on a game, and certainly just knowing the history of Nintendo games, you guys know that it’s essentially we use every last minute to make the game as good as we possibly can, and really what that means is that the dev team was working on the main game, finished the main game, and as they’re starting to get to the very end and wrap it up, really they said, ‘You know we’ve made this massive world of Hyrule, we’ve spent a long time building it. It would be a waste to just make one game and have that be it.'”
Trinen added: “We want people to be able to enjoy exploring this world, and so they started thinking about, ‘Well, if we were going to do DLC, what would we do, how would we do it?’ And you can see that in the fact that it’s not… the DLC is not launching the day after the game or the week after. It’s coming out several months later in the form of the first pack and then several months after that in the form of the second pack. And that’s because the content is in development.”
Trinen also stated that he believes the announcement would have been better received if Nintendo had shed some more light on what people can expect from the DLC. He also went on to say that Nintendo’s DLC plan for Breath of the Wild is similar to that of Mario Kart 8’s, which means that fans buying Breath of the Wild will be aware of the fact that they’ll be getting more content soon.
“If you’re a Zelda fan buying Nintendo Switch at launch and really you’re buying it for Zelda, I mean how happy are you to know that hey, I’m going to be able to play more Zelda in this world again later this year.”
Breath of the Wild comes out on March 3 for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.