Last evening Nintendo revealed details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials, the game’s first expansion. As the name implies, the DLC is largely designed for people who have mastered the game and want a greater challenge, and includes things like a new Hard Mode and a new Cave of Trials-style test. Obviously, there’s a lot of very good Breath of the Wild players out there, and The Master Trials is for them, but what about those of us who just like to take it easy and goof around in Hyrule at our own pace?
Well, it turns out The Master Trials has something for the more laid back Breath of the Wild players as well. Nintendo’s official rundown the DLC included something called Hero’s Path Mode…
“Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.”
Sounds interesting, but how will it actually work? Well, Nintendo released a short video demonstrating Hero’s Path Mode, and, well, it looks kind of awesome. You can check the video out at the top of this post.
As somebody who loves maps and keeping track of useless information, this is definitely the part of The Master Trials I’m most excited about. It will be interesting to see just how far Hero’s Path Mode will let you zoom in. Does it really track every single footprint? I suspect my map will be a bit of a mess, because I never stuck to the proper roads – why bother when you can take a shortcut over that mountain?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials doesn’t yet have a release date, but it should arrive soon. You can check out all WWG’s Breath of the Wild coverage, right here.