Nintendo has announced its downloadable content plans for the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and it’s going to hit you hard in the wallet: either $44.99 for a season pass, or $51.95 if purchased separately.
Given that Shadows of Valentia costs $39.99, that makes either DLC option more expensive than the base game, something that even games with price $50 season passes like Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 1 have yet to accomplish.
That price gets you five DLC packs: Fledgling Warriors, which offers two new maps and a dungeon to explore; Undaunted Heroes, for another two maps and a dungeon; Lost Altars, which will add some more dungeons and new character classes, Rise of the Deliverance, which offers some prologue story DLC with new missions and voice acting; and a fifth and final pack that Nintendo has yet to detail.
While that’s not a bad selection of content when it comes to add-ons to the base game, the total price — which is, again, more than the entire “main” game — isn’t a great look for Nintendo, which had spent years holding out on selling downloadable content and instead simply packaged games as complete experiences out of the box.
Then again, it’s not the first time Nintendo has offered pricey Fire Emblem DLC either. The previous entry, Fire Emblem Fates, offered two map packs that costs $17.99 and $7.99, respectively, along with an alternate campaign that would set players back an additional $19.99. Still, it’s not great to see that Nintendo is continuing the policy of costly DLC prices with this latest entry, especially in the face of things like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s season pass, which is comparatively cheap at $20.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launches May 19th for the Nintendo 3DS.