• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.

Epona announced as DLC weapon for Link in Hyrule Warriors (Avail. Oct 16th)

StreetsAhead

Member
Jun 13, 2011
12,626
0
0
Announced on Miiverse by Aonuma. It's part of the Master Quest DLC pack. More details below.




Hello to everyone in the Americas. This is Eiji Aonuma, the Supervisor of Hyrule Warriors. The game is finally available in North America!
Did you get a chance to play it yet? Hyrule Warriors is a fast-paced Dynasty Warriors game filled with unique elements from The Legend of Zelda series. This game was crafted by the developers at Koei Tecmo Games, who are also fans of the Zelda series, so Zelda fans should have a fun time playing this too. In addition to our hero, Link, you can play as a variety of characters like Princess Zelda, Impa, and Midna, who makes an appearance in The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess, so I hope you'll try them out.

Beyond that, additional downloadable content will become available in Hyrule Warriors after the game launches. The first DLC pack, Master Quest Pack, will be released on October 16. The details of that pack will be revealed soon, but today, let me give you a sneak peak at an additional weapon.

The new weapon added through the Master Quest Pack is...Epona! Some of you may be surprised to hear that Epona is a "weapon", but in Hyrule Warriors, she can team up with Link to attack enemies! I already had a chance to try out Epona in the game. By riding Epona, I was able to blow heards of enemies away and gallop swiftly through the fields, and I had a lot of fun trying out this re-imagined version of her in Hyrule Warriors. In the Zelda series, players never had a chance to tackle bosses by galloping around them with Epona like in Hyrule Warriors, so I hope fans will enjoy playing as Zelda characters in a game with a different type of action than you typically find in the original series.

In addition to Epona, the DLC will include other content as well, like new scenarios and costumes that will further expand your gaming experience. If you're interested, please check it out in the Nintendo eShop. I hope these download packs will help deepen and expand your adventures in Hyrule Warriors.
DLC info:
Hyrule Warriors Master Quest (October 16th)
1 new Weapon (Epona)
New Scenario
Adventure Map
2 Costumes

Twilight Princess (November)
1 new character
1 new weapon
Adventure Map
2 Costumes

Majora's Mask (January)
2 new characters
Adventure Map
3 new costumes

Ganon Pack (February)
2 New Game Modes

Pre-ordering all four packs at a discount also nets you a Dark Link costume to use immediately.

The villains Cia, Valga, and Wizro are also being made playable via downloadable update, for free, soon.

Send me out to pasture if old.
 

Richie

Member
May 24, 2011
6,661
0
645
Can't say neigh to that.
You magnificent bastard.

Already paid the season pass, excited! The game is damn fun. Aonuma doesn't comment on this, but would equipping Epona mean your overall speed in the field increases? That'd be ace!
 

KingSnake

The Birthday Skeleton
Jan 9, 2013
26,118
0
0
Included in the first pack? Good, I'm even more happy I pre-ordered the DLC packs. Bring it on.
 

Papercuts

fired zero bullets in the orphanage.
Sep 1, 2007
30,407
0
1,015
Pennsylvania
www.neogaf.com
For some reason I was expecting Link to be holding Epona in his arms and actually attacking with the physical horse.

I'm not sure if I feel relieved or let down right now.
 

jonno394

Member
May 28, 2010
10,069
4
705
This is rather brilliant. Dlc will keep me playing this for months.

Edit - makes me wonder if the twilight pack weapon will be Wolf link.
 

Crocodile

Member
Apr 13, 2006
17,699
1
0
Only Link get to ride Epona? Makes sense but is still a bit disappointing. Overall, I'm kind of impressed with all this DLC support.
 

LurkerPrime

Member
Jan 6, 2014
18,003
1
0
Very creative weapon... in a game filled with them. I'm honestly surprised at what Hyrule Warriors has pulled off, in terms of merging the two (very divergent) franchises.

I wonder what the chances are of a Majora character being added in the Majora DLC... that would be awesome.
 

StevePharma

Member
Jul 27, 2009
5,144
0
695
Holland
I know it's stupid but it still feels weird to me to see Nintendo hopping onto the DLC bandwagon with their core franchises.

The feeling of buying a "complete" game these days is diminishing, at least it feels that way to me. Nintendo's core games always felt untouched by that stuff, although I can't see them pull DLC stunts with their Zelda and Mario main titles.

At least Nintendo does seem to offer value with their DLC offerings for a reasonable price, so I can't blame them for that. Will buy the Mario Kart full pack for sure but I need to see some more on the HW DLC. Thankfully the main game is pretty enjoyable as it is now.
 

Golnei

Member
May 12, 2014
10,032
0
345
Why couldn't they have given Ganondorf a clone of the moveset?



He's even given a horse in his intro...

 

NamikazeBurst

Member
May 20, 2014
4,489
0
0
Canada
For some reason I was expecting Link to be holding Epona in his arms and actually attacking with the physical horse.

I'm not sure if I feel relieved or let down right now.
Yeah, that is how I imagined it after reading the title. I don't know why, but it seems like either way would fit in this game.
 

jonno394

Member
May 28, 2010
10,069
4
705
I know it's stupid but it still feels weird to me to see Nintendo hopping onto the DLC bandwagon with their core franchises.

The feeling of buying a "complete" game these days is diminishing, at least it feels that way to me. Nintendo's core games always felt untouched by that stuff, although I can't see them pull DLC stunts with their Zelda and Mario main titles.

At least Nintendo does seem to offer value with their DLC offerings for a reasonable price, so I can't blame them for that. Will buy the Mario Kart full pack for sure but I need to see some more on the HW DLC. Thankfully the main game is pretty enjoyable as it is now.
You own a full and complete game now (well you will when the three bosses are given away for free) everything else is a bonus made post release.
 

KHlover

Banned
Jun 26, 2013
13,792
0
0
Can't wait to see what her Special Attacks are lol.

Laser Beams from Epona's eyes would be completely out of place, yet ridiculously cool lol
 

Aostia

El Capitan Todd
Sep 2, 2011
18,552
8
0
will the 14.99 pack be available forever, or I have to download it as a preorder and after that it will desappear?
 

ShogunDarius

Member
May 30, 2013
7,665
0
0
If like to know this as well. Will Dark Link be available 'forever'?
I cant speak for the season pass but I can say the free Ganondorf costume dlc is timed to Oct 15th or 16th (best register the game on club nintendo on the 15th or before though)