On November 9th, a new piece of DLC will be distributed to Breath of the Wild owners for free. The DLC features a new side-quest which, when completed, earns the player Rex’s costume from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. No further details have been revealed. The DLC was announced this morning in a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct. The much anticipated Switch RPG is now available for pre-order, and will release on December 1st. But in the meantime, you can traipse around Hyrule in Rex’s garb pretending it’s the real thing!

This was so unexpected. Are you excited for this new piece of free DLC? Are you looking forward to the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2? Let us know in the comments!

Source: GameSpot

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  • richa

    never played it but that outfit looks amazing!

  • Ikewise

    Couldn’t they at least have chosen a better design from that series? (if there are any)
    It’s not all because I think the xenoblade franchise is terrible, but this design is hideous.

  • CrimsonMoonMist

    Neat.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    For all the Xenoblade Chronicles series does right, character design is not one of them.

  • UnknownHylian

    I hope this isn’t just to soften the blow that the Champion’s Ballad has been delayed.

  • NB

    New sidequest with a cool costume reward? Nice! I just hope it’s not a fetch-quest, too many of them in BotW already. I wish the sidequests and npcs were all more like MM’s, with proper routines that varied throughout the day instead of just wandering back and forth from point A to point B… 🙁

  • David García Abril

    Wasn’t there a better way to promote the game that using the hideous character designs?

    The “Xenoblade” games are amazing, but they’ve never excelled in character design. And XC2 takes it to a whole different lower level of how bad they are.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    I still laugh at how bad the hairstyles are in the first two games

  • David García Abril

    No, the hairstyles in the first XC game were fine. They were for the most part realistic and didn’t use any weird colors, which was gust of fresh air in a JRPG.

    What was weak about them was the costume designs. And even then they weren’t even close to the monstrosities in XC2.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Nah, they’re COMPARATIVELY realistic if anything(they’re not Tetsuya Nomura bad, but that’s it). They also don’t mesh that well with the facial structure of their characters.

    Then again they truly are great compared to the silly hairdo the protagonist has by default in X. And those outfits just keep getting more BS

  • David García Abril

    No, they are realistic. Period.

    Shulk’s hair is a just a straight, slightly messy hair. The most “unrealistic” thing about it is that that kind of hair is more common among young Asian men, and those are NEVER blonde unless dyed. Fiora, Dunban and Sharla’s hairstyles are so normal it’s kind of amazing they come from a JRPG (They’re just straight long manes). Reyn’s is maybe somewhat more out there, but nothing outside the realms of hair gel.

    And you can say similar things about pretty much every Homs character in the game.

    The craziest hair styles tend to come from the High Entia, and even those aren’t even close as crazy as the average JRPG. For instance, Melia has those crazy curls, but that’s about it.

    And from a design point of view, your claim about facial structure makes zero sense. Maybe you meant that the models look a bit off, but that’s a modelling issue that affects all characters at all levels, partly due to the fact that the geometry in the characters take a hit to allow the engine to handle those giant environments. But that’s a completely different issue altogether.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Not sure how I feel about this, is my favorite game series just a billboard to Advertise other games now? I mean there was a Mario Easter Egg back in the original OoT and LA, and several recent Zelda games and HD remakes have had references to other upcoming Zelda games in them, yet back then it just felt like a cool reference whereas this feels like a big ad…

    Somebody confirm or deny my accusations here lol

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Uh…no. They’re incredibly subdued compared to the average JRPG, but they all have details that just don’t make sense from a realistic standpoint(although subtle, all have some form of hair antennae. Dunban’s hair is a good example. It looks rather believable at first…until you realize the center of his head has this mostly flat but still prominent antenna. Fiora has a similar thing going on. They’re subtle but when you draw you notice those things almost immediately. They’re subtle cases of anime hair but still anime hair nonetheless. Homs once you bring the up are also a pretty glaring cases. Juju’s hair is not messy, is just subtly but surely gravity defying. Sharla is the single exception, even if her hair would be a massive disadvantage in the battlefield)

    In a way your take is similar to the Female Armor in the Thor movies for most people. Audiences were quick to praise it because it was more believable just because it lacked a cleavage window and stuff like that and at first glance that is a more believable armor than the chain mail bikini BS some try to pull…when in reality it still would fail miserably as real life armor because of how little protection it gave to the arms, armpits and thighs. One is so used to the exaggeration that more subdued takes look more real when, if put side to side to realistic takes on the same concept, would make one realize they’re not realistic AT ALL.

    And I actually confused the facial structure complaint, oops. It’s in X where the models look awkward as hell in the facial structure

  • David García Abril

    Saying that the hairstyles in the original were “laughably bad” just because they have a strand of hair that you COULD say are antennas (they look like rebel hair locks to me. They don’t give the same vibe as an antenna at all) is overreaching, big time.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Well, I’ve been spoilt by games with more realistic hairstyles, even if Japanese. Also, some of those antennae just disrupt what would have been pretty dynamic hairstyles(Compare Dunban’s hair to Alucard’s in Castlevania. Same basic hairstyle, but the strangely floaty lock looks rather silly once you catch a glimpse of it)
    https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/e/e7/Alucard.png/revision/latest?cb=20140711061545

  • spacefan1993

    Hey, it’s free, so who am I to say no? 😉

  • David García Abril

    I… just don’t see it as a reason to bash it, sorry. It looks like a nitpick at worst.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Like I said, I’m just used to more subdued designs unless the aesthetics call for exaggerated shapes. I dig crazy hairstyles if the game looks like Ghost Trick. In an RPG, however, I’m just used to designs like this:
    http://cdn.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Strange-Journey-wallpaper-2-small.jpg
    And in general the Tetsuya Nomura influenced designs of modern JRPGs rub me the wrong way

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    It also just feels like THIS for me after becoming allergic to some anime exaggerations:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f47295faf107957ad33451f09ac91f91f75abf8a156cef60c96d650c619ef3d2.png

  • Vados

    Didn’t expect to see such a lengthy debate on hairstyles on this site

  • JasonBall

    I totally agree. I hate this. It devalues the game.

  • Christian Beach

    The character design bugs me in this game. Doesn’t even match the environment’s art-style.

  • Christian Beach

    XC2 isn’t out yet, so that’s probably why you haven’t played it yet. 😛

  • Rob N. Hood

    Yeah, I see no reason whatsoever to include this thing in the game.

  • Fuyu Hirito

    Well, In Xenoblade Chronicles X you can change the colors of hair to outrageous colors. My character has purple skin, white hair that has purple tips, and red eyes that have white slit pupils. So, even if the hair styles are believable, the colors are not.

  • Erin

    It’s so ridiculous. I have no plans to play Xenoblade. I’ll go back to playing Zelda when they release the real DLC.

  • Anthony Lake

    Think of it as a thanks to the crew from Xenonblade that helpt made BOTW so great with there open world building experience

  • randompissedoffchick

    Never played Xenoblade, know nothing about it and I don’t like the outfit :/
    Besides hearing that Xenoblade staff worked on botw, I don’t see why this has to be a thing in this game.
    Too many crossovers recently between Nintendo games, and this one makes no sense whatsoever from a gameplay perspective.
    But I’m sure some might be happy to be getting this little free ad on to the game.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Well then I’m even more pissed

  • Red-tuniclink

    IDK, The main cast of the first game all look good.

  • Christian Beach

    “Crossovers” like these are really just easter eggs. Games have had these for decades now.

  • Christian Beach

    Here’s a question: If this was just a generic costume you could find in the game, and it had absolutely nothing to do with any game other than Breath of the Wild, would the folks who don’t like this costume being in the game still not like it?

  • randompissedoffchick

    I know its not a “crossover” on that level like hyrule warriors or that weird rabbids+mario that recently came out, but I always thought easter eggs are little hidden nods at other games. Im aware of those in games for years now, but I don’t think this is the same? Since this an outfit that comes with a sidequest (though Im pretty sure it’s just a heres a hint of where to find the chest kind of sidequest) so it’s nothing major.
    It’s one thing for botw to reference other Zelda games through the outfits but this one sticks out (even though it’s optional)
    But I guess it could be taken the same way as typical easter eggs.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    ABSOLUTELY. It has ALL the things that look wrong in modern JRPG costume designs(saturation of information without any meaningful significance)

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    I’d say passable more than “good”. Many details of the outfits are plain nonsensical even if they didn’t look flat out terrible like in Xeno 2 or X

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Publicity. What else?

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    I’ve went on longer for less than that :/

  • randompissedoffchick

    There are better ways of doing it. This one was not needed.
    But like I said, it makes sense since Xenoblade staff worked on this game so it’s not surprising. I feel like this is more of a nod at that than straight up publicity, even though it is as well, since the game will be out soon.
    In the end I don’t really care since I’m not a fan of that series and it doesn’t really bother me that they put it in the game since its fairly easy to ignore. But honestly I think the outfit is hideous.

  • richa

    I mean XC in general 😛

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Well, it’s a modern JRPG. Since Tetsuya Nomura became the big daddy of how to design clothing…everything went down the sewer(just look at the outfits in Kingdom Hearts…they all look atrocious).

  • Christian Beach

    Ah I see.

  • MaeAngel

    Why?

  • Lifeoflink

    I find many comments in this discussion to be rather amusing. Most of the conversation revolves around how it devalues the game, how needless it is, and how it does not fit BotW’s aesthetic. I just have a few things to say on the matter.

    First, can such an optional piece of equipment–an Easter egg really–devalue a game that essentially is about exploration and dressing up Link however you want as you explore?
    Second, since when has an Easter egg been a necessary item? Are not all Easter eggs extra, needless items?
    And third, do all Easter eggs match the art style of the game they are feature in? No, they do not have to do so. I have seen plenty of Easter eggs in the Zelda series alone that do not match the art style. There are pictures of SS in OoT3D and pictures of BotW in TP. Neither of those Easter eggs match the art style of the games that they are in.

    I can understand Nintendo putting this costume in as a “thank you” to the crew from Xenoblade that helped with the development of BotW. It was a hard task to make BotW. It is similar to me thanking another student for helping me with relative physics or organic chemistry homework and then doing something in return. I can understand that. Is it also publicity for an upcoming game? Yes, but does it really matter since it is optional?

    Whether we like this costume or not will be based upon our individual preferences. If you do not like it, that’s fine. Find it in the game if you so desire and sell it for rupees. If you do like it, go ahead a wear it with pride. Or if you are like me, you neither dislike nor like it and think that it is a nice thing for Nintendo to do for their friends. In the end, the choice is yours.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Boredom. Or the convo really got that interesting(long conversations tend to divagate, you know)

  • Christian Beach

    I wish I could upvote this more than once. Well said.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Easter eggs are hidden, subtle nods to other games, not DLC that gets promoted.

    As for a thank you to the Xenoblade team that helped with BotW, I doubt that they are the same team members who designed this costume.

  • Ikewise

    You know you messed up when you create free DLC and people genuinely
    don’t even want the option to get it, because it is such a waste in their eyes.

  • Lifeoflink

    That seems to be the opinion here, but elsewhere on the Internet, some people have expressed excitement for both Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the new outfit in BotW.

  • Kaine Morrison

    Nice!
    Can’t wait!
    15 hours to go for a new sidequest and new armour!
    Then, on friday, I’ll have the four new Amiibo as well, and have even more armour!
    Then a month after, we’ll have a new “dungeon,” a new quest line, more armour and some other cool new stuff!
    I just hope we can keep and use the Light Bow/Arrow!

  • Thomas Foolery

    But wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to pay for 4 different amiibos just to get some armor sets?

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Ah that would be awesome, but I doubt they’ll let us have that much leeway since it has infinite arrows. Some games like Okami will literally give you invincibility if you bother doing everything the game has to offer, but Zelda usually just gives you a pat on the back with a small reward, if any, to satisfy your efforts.

  • CrimsonMoonMist

    Well, that was a short sidequest. Oh well, it’s essentially a freebie
    variant of the scavenger hunts from the Master Trials DLC, so I can’t
    complain.

  • Did you draw this? I love it!

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Yep.

  • Can you take off the bulb on the back and just have the jacket? Because I like the jacket, just not the rest of the design.

  • Lucas Simon

    That is entirely your opinion. And the attire of the characters is far more different than the actual look of Tetsuya san’s characters. Which are excellent. You seem to forget that this man has been designing the main characters for Final Fantasy since the franchise literally began. And what do you mean he bacame the “big daddy” on how to design clothing? Are you implying that there are no other japanese character designers in the entire industry?

  • Lucas Simon

    Once again! YOUR OWN OPINION. and so what if there is no meaningful significance? All that matters is the character themselves and if the game is good.

  • Lucas Simon

    So ready for Xenoblade Chronicles 2! If you own a Switch do NOT sleep on this game!! If its anything like the original game for wii, this may very well be the best game of the year!

  • Lucas Simon

    You are also getting the amiibos themselves which are really nice quality figures

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    No s**t it’s my opinion, even though I can back up some of the points with facts. Many of the tropes Nomura popularized(baggy pants, pointless belts, an overall lack of direction in the substance and central concept of the design) are present in Xenoblade’s designs.
    Also, no. YOSHITAKA AMANO designed the characters at the beginning. Nomura designed the MONSTERS, and started working more and more on the characters as time went by. Fast Forward, we give full control to the guy in FFVII and look and behold, a plethora of then revolutionary design tropes that just became overused as time went by and a specific lot that are stupid in hindsight. Plus, by big daddy I mean the top dog most people try to imitate. Mario is popular? You get Sonic, and eventually a lot of subpar mascot platformers that try to imitate their success. Pokemon? Suddenly collecting monsters is it’s own subgenre. Nolan’s Batman trilogy? Suddenly Superhero movies look gritty. SAME THING. Japanese RPGs fell in love with some of these deign tropes, and they just look more and more diluted as time goes by.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    A) The question was ABOUT OPINIONS. Don’t like my opinion? Too bad, you ain’t changing it with such poor generalizations(let alone it’s not up to you to defend the mighty honor of Monolith Soft. They’re grown ups, they can handle criticisms)
    B) No. Screw that simpleminded mentality. Visuals MATTER. They always have mattered and they always WILL matter. Videogames are an A U D I O V I S U A L MEDUIM. If they fail to work in one front, the others can get affected negatively. And if the character’s designs are unappealing to me, then the game as a whole becomes a LOT less appealing because of it(since I will spend a lot of time looking at something that clashes with my sense of aesthetics).

  • Thomas Foolery

    That didn’t really answer my question though.