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'Halo' Mash-Up Pack screenshots released for 'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition'

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Microsoft released new screenshots Monday for the “Halo” Mash-Up Pack that is coming to “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.” Get your first look at some of the locations and characters from the Xbox staple converted to the blocky world.

The “Halo” Mash-Up Pack was first teased earlier this month but 4J Studios and Microsoft are ready to dish some of the details now. Like previously released Mash-Up Packs, it will come with “Halo”-themed menus and a user interface, 40 character skins and music tracks from the series. It also comes with a pre-made world that recreates classic “Halo” locations like Blood Gulch, Sandtrap, Valhalla and more.

The batch of screenshots released confirms that some of the character skins that will be available include not only Master Chief but Sgt. Johnson, Admiral Hood and members of Noble Team Six such as Kat and Emile. Even 343 Guilty Spark will be available as a skin.

The details that are not yet known include a release date and a price. If it is like previous packs, the “Halo” Mash-Up Pack will be $3.99. Microsoft says that it plans to release more information about the pack through the week.

Meanwhile, “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” received Title Update 16 today which comes with a numerous amount of bug fixes. The status of “Minecraft” for the PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One is still very much in the air. The current release window for the game on the three platforms is anytime between today and the end of September. The official release date announcement is being saved for E3 in June.

There has been interesting news for the PS4 and Xbox One recently, however. While the world sizes on the two consoles will not be infinite, 4J Studios confirmed that they are currently testing worlds that are 36 times larger than the existing PS3 and Xbox 360 world sizes. Comparison screenshots were also released that shows a vast improvement in the draw distance for the game as well.

Other new features that will be supported include the touchpad on the DualShock 4 and bringing saves over from the PS3 and Xbox 360 to the PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. Mojang’s Owen Hill also stated that some kind of Cross-buy and Cross-play compatibility between the PS3, PS 4 and PSV Vita is in the works. Details have not been announced yet but Texture Packs and Skin Packs will be supported.