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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Won’t Receive DLC

Tears of the Kingdom won't be getting DLC, but this may not spell the end for the game's world of Hyrule.

Nearly four months after the game’s wildly successful launch, we’ve now received DLC news for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, it’s bittersweet. Eiji Aonuma, a producer for the game, has confirmed that the latest installment to the franchise won’t receive an expansion.

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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Won’t Receive DLC

Even before the release of Tears of the Kingdom, Zelda fans have speculated whether we might receive downloadable content somewhere down the line. However, the community’s hopes have since been slashed by Eiji Aonuma. In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, the producer confirmed that TotK will not receive DLC after all.

“We have no plans to release additional content this time, but that is because we feel like we have done all we can to create play in that world.”

Eiji Aonuma (Producer), Famitsu

Aonuma went on to say the development team for Tears of the Kingdom intended to expand the world of Hyrule in the sequel to the 2017 release, Breath of the Wild. This was done as a means to provide players with all-new ways to explore the Kingdom. It goes without saying this was masterfully accomplished with the introduction of exciting new features, like sky-diving alongside Tulin.

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As it stands, Tears of the Kingdom is a complete game in its own right. Prior to its release, many players had concerns that the 2023 entry might reiterate the DLC for Breath of the Wild. That said, Aonuma is confident that Hyrule has now been explored in its entirety — at least, until the next installment.

We may not receive DLC for Tears of the Kingdom, but there is a silver lining. In the same interview, Aonuma stated we may be able to revisit the game’s world. He said, “whether it is a sequel or new work.” There’s surely much more in store for the Zelda franchise. We’re excited to see what future entries will bring to the table. For now, we may have received all the Tears of the Kingdom content the development team has to offer.

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Olivia Rolls earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida in 2021 and began her career as a freelance writer at Screen Rant the following year. She currently directs her creative efforts toward offering tips and insight on a wide variety of game titles at GameSkinny and BGFG, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in Pokémon Crystal as a child. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she's generally fond of fantasy RPGs and cozy games of all kinds. She's also a budding animanga enthusiast, her personal big three being Jujutsu Kaisen, Fruits Basket, and InuYasha.