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New 'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition' DLC skins feature 'Halo,' 'Fable' and more

'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' 2nd Birthday Skin Pack
'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' 2nd Birthday Skin Pack
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

A new set of DLC skins has been announced for "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition." According to a post from the official Xbox Facebook page on May 10, the 2nd Birthday Skin Pack is now available to download to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the digital launch of the current-generation port. Players have until May 18 in order to download the DLC expansion, along with the re-release of the original Birthday Skin Pack, for free.

The 2nd Birthday Skin Pack for "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" features costumes based on the most popular first-party franchises from Microsoft. Among the intellectual properties that were featured include "Halo," "Fable," "Banjo Kazooie" and "Viva Pinata." A few of these franchises are getting new installments on the Xbox One with the upcoming releases of "Fable Legends" and the tentatively-titled "Halo 5," both titles should be launching in North America sometime next year. You can take a look at the new DLC from the official 4J Studios Twitter site with the image attached near the top of this article.

Since Microsoft owns that intellectual properties, the 2nd Birthday Skin Pack won't be appearing in "Minecraft: PS3 Edition" as well as the upcoming PS4 and Vita ports of the open-world sandbox video game. On the other hand, the DLC may eventually end up on "Minecraft: Xbox One Edition." Aside from potentially improved visuals and bigger worlds, the next-generation port should be the same as the current-generation iteration.

"Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" comes with the ability to transfer saves to "Minecraft: Xbox One Edition." The same feature is also available when moving progress from the PS3 version to the PS4 and possibly the Vita editions. However, the companies involved in the project has not yet clarified whether or not the DLC packs could be imported as well. Along with a few free expansions, the Xbox 360 port also comes with several downloadable contents that require a fee.

Along with the 2nd Birthday Skin Pack for "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition," the aforesaid 4J Studios development team is also focusing on four major projects. The first is a 1.06 patch for the PS3 port, which should improve the compatibility of future DLC expansions. Work is also continuing for "Minecraft: PS4 Edition," "Minecraft: Vita Edition" and "Minecraft: Xbox One Edition." The upcoming Playstation ports is set to be launching in between the second and third quarters of 2015 while the Xbox One version has no release time frame.