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‘Minecraft: Halo Mash-up Pack’ DLC launching today, new details revealed

Over the past few weeks, 4J Studios has been slowly teasing the next mash-up pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition which will blend the game’s blocky world with that of the popular shooter franchise, Halo. It seems that while fans were being shown images from the DLC, the developer had already finished the add-on and submitted it for certification because the Halo Mash-up Pack will officially launch later today as revealed by Microsoft on May 27.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Halo Mash-up Pack
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

In addition to announcing the launch date of the third mash-up pack to hit the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, Microsoft also shared some new details on the DLC. To capture the sound of Halo, the mash-up pack will contain 31 music tracks from the official soundtrack of the FPS series and, to recreate the look of the franchise, the add-on will add 40 new avatar skins based upon Halo characters such as Master Chief, Cortana, and the Arbiter.

The world of Halo will also be recreated in the upcoming Minecraft pack through the use of pre-built landmarks inspired by classic Halo locales like Blood Cultch, Valhalla, Blackout, and more. The DLC also features various vehicles from the Halo franchise on a pre-made world seed. However, these are purely for looks only and are thus more like vehicular statures as they can actually be driven.

Before the Halo Mash-Up Pack, fans of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition have also received previous add-ons themed after Bioware’s Mass Effect series as well as Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. All mash-up packs merge the blocky worlds of Minecraft with other popular video game licenses by adding custom characters, textures, and landmarks to the game.

The Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft was first released two years ago, making it the first version of the game to appear on home consoles. Late last year, 4J Studios also launched a PS3 edition of the game. Further expanding the list of platforms the franchise can be found on in the future, the developer will also release Minecraft on Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita this summer.