Recent statements from series producer Eiji Aonuma and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi in a Famitsu interview suggest that Nintendo may not have plans for additional content or DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
While it’s important to note that the interview is currently only available through Google Translate, Aonuma’s response seems to imply that DLC is not a current concern for Nintendo.
The interview focused on what the team is working on next, with Fujibayashi expressing uncertainty about his next project. Aonuma’s response via Chrome’s built-in translate tool indicated that there are no plans for additional content for Tears of the Kingdom, but he also hinted at the possibility of returning to the same world if a new reason arises:
Aonuma: There are no plans to release additional content this time, but that’s because I feel like we’ve done everything we can to create fun in that world. In the first place, the reason I decided to make this a sequel to the previous work was because I thought there was value in experiencing a new game in that Hyrule place. If that’s the case, if a new reason arises, we might return to the same world again. Whether it’s a sequel or a new work, I think it’s going to be a completely new game, so I hope you’re looking forward to it.
While it’s possible that Aonuma is referring to another game set in the same Hyrule as Tears of the Kingdom and Breath of the Wild, the context suggests that he is discussing the absence of DLC for Link’s latest adventure.
This news may come as a surprise considering Breath of the Wild received two DLC packages. However, given the vast size of Tears of the Kingdom, it raises questions about what DLC for the game would even entail.
Until there is clarification in the future, it seems that no additional content or DLC will be released for Tears of the Kingdom. While disappointing, it provides an opportunity for players to explore the remaining 70% of Hyrule that has yet to be discovered.