The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received a sizable DLC update, but will Tears of the Kingdom get the same treatment? Series producer Eiji Aonuma gave a definite answer.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, received two substantial DLC expansions. Trial of the Sword added a wave-based challenge mode to the game, while The Champions’ Ballad further expanded on the story and gave players a rideable motorcycle. That had fans expecting Tears of the Kingdom to receive similar treatment.
But according to a Nintendo higher-up, that’s not happening. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sold 18.50 million units, but the development team has other plans. Here’s what is known and what the plan is.
Is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom getting DLC?
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will not be getting DLC, according to Nintendo.
Longtime Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma was asked about the subject by Japanese gaming news outlet Famitsu. He gave an almost definitively negative answer, effectively saying the team is done with the game.
“We feel like we have already fully explored and exhausted the gameplay possibilities in this world…At this time, we are not planning to release additional content,” Aonuma said.
Though The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was a smash hit by any measure, the game was still effectively an expansion of Breath of the Wild. It added loads of new areas and abilities but used the same core gameplay. With nothing meaningful to add to Tears of the Kingdom, the team has decided to move on rather than creating DLC. It’s a novel approach as most companies try to monetize a successful game further.
Aonuma kept the door slightly open by saying the team could return if there was a “compelling reason.” For now and the foreseeable future, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a complete experience.
Will there be Tears of the Kingdom 2?
It is unknown whether the next Zelda game will be Tears of the Kingdom 2, or something else entirely. Regardless, Aonuma said that the next game will give players “a completely new experience.”
The development team didn’t disclose what it’s currently working on. Whether there will be another sequel or whether fans will get a new version of Hyrule remains to be seen. Precedent suggests that regardless, Nintendo probably won’t name the sequel “Tears of the Kingdom 2.”
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom started life as a wishlist of ideas for Breath of the Wild DLC. The volume of compelling new ideas and gameplay elements led to a full-fledged sequel. The game sold 10 million copies in just its first three days of release and became the fastest-selling game in the series. Thankfully, fans looking for more Legend of Zelda action on Switch after Tears of the Kingdom have plenty of options.