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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild patched with DLC support

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Prepare for the Expansion Pass

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Link on horseback screenshot Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Nintendo updated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild today, releasing a patch that paves the way for the game’s upcoming downloadable content one day early.

After we patched our Nintendo Switch this morning with the day-one update that enables eShop access and adds a host of other features, we noticed there was also an update available for Breath of the Wild. The patch brings the game to version 1.1.0. The Switch did not provide any patch notes or information on the size of the update, but it took just a minute or so to download. (This only applies to the Switch version of Breath of the Wild; we haven’t been able to try the Wii U version yet.)

Here’s a look at the post-patch main menu:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild v1.1.0 main menu
Note the new “Downloadable Content” menu item.
Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Nintendo announced last month that it will offer multiple add-ons for Breath of the Wild. In addition to three bonus treasure chests that will be available when the game launches tomorrow, two expansions are on the way. The first, which is set for release this summer, will add a hard mode, a new map feature and an additional Cave of Trials challenge. The second is due out this holiday season, and it will expand the story and add challenges and a new dungeon.

Players will have to spend an extra $19.99 on the game’s Expansion Pass in order to get the DLC — Nintendo will not sell the individual items separately. The new “Downloadable Content” option in Breath of the Wild’s main menu provides a handy shortcut to the Switch eShop, where you can buy the Expansion Pass ahead of time:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - launch eShop
Nintendo Switch eShop - Zelda: Breath of the Wild page
Nintendo Switch eShop - Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass Nintendo via Polygon
Nintendo Switch eShop - Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass contents

The process is seamless. The eShop page for Breath of the Wild pops up quickly, and once you exit the eShop, the Switch loads the game right back up — you don’t have to go back to the console’s dashboard.

Breath of the Wild’s expansions may be a long way off, but our reviewer spent more than 60 hours playing the base game, so players will have plenty to do before the DLC arrives. For more on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which launches tomorrow on Switch and Wii U, read our full review. You can also read our review of the Switch itself.