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‘Minecraft’ celebrates its second anniversary on Xbox 360 with free DLC

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Two years ago today, 4J Studios introduced Minecraft to console gamers for the very first time by launching the block-building game on Xbox 360. To celebrate the anniversary of the release of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, the developer is offering a new skin pack DLC that is free for all to download for the following week only as detailed by the official website for Xbox Live Arcade on May 8.

The Second Birthday Skin Pack will offer players access to several new avatar skins that are based upon characters from various popular Microsoft franchises. The free DLC allows fans to change their in-game Minecraft avatars into characters from gaming series such as Halo, Fable, Viva Pinata, and Banjo. However, the free celebration pack will only be available for a limited time.

Additionally, the first birthday pack is also being re-released during this time. This gives players who missed last year’s exclusive anniversary DLC another opportunity to pick up the first free birthday add-on. While this year’s free DLC adds avatars inspired by various Microsoft games, last year’s pack provided fans with new skins based upon different Minecraft monsters such as zombies, wolves, and even the Ender Dragon. Both are now available to download for free from now until May 18.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition launched as a digital-only download via Xbox Live Arcade exactly two years ago today. The game later received a retail disc release in the summer of last year, allowing gamers to purchase a physical version of the game for the first time. Moving forwared, 4J Studios is currently developing future editions of Minecraft for the new generation of consoles. The game is expected to launch on both the Xbox One and PS4 later this year. It has been confirmed that fans will be able to transfer their existing save files across the same family of consoles.