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‘Minecraft’ is getting a ‘Halo’ themed mash-up pack DLC

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

After 4J Studios recently confirmed that they are currently working on a new mash-up pack for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, it now looks like that upcoming DLC will add new content inspired from the Halo franchise into the popular block-building game. An early tease of the Halo themed add-on for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was revealed on the official Xbox Live Arcade website on May 7.

Aside from confirming that there will be a new DLC for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft that is based upon the Halo series, 4J Studios hasn’t shared any other details on the upcoming add-on. Judging from the first screenshot of the new Minecraft pack, however, it seems like the Halo DLC will be a full mash-up pack rather than a simple avatar skin pack.

Minecraft mash-up packs blend the world of the sandbox creation game with other popular gaming licenses. Previous mash-up packs that have been released for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition include add-ons based on Bioware’s Mass Effect franchise as well as Behtesda’s popular role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In addition to changing the visual look of Minecraft’s in-game world and character textures, mash-up packs also full customize the games UI and musical score in order to complete the conversion.

It is clear from the first teased image of the upcoming Halo DLC for Minecraft that this is more than a new skin pack since that type of add-on only alters the visuals of character textures. However, material blocks can be clearly seen in the screenshot that have also been reworked in order to appear as if they come from the Halo universe. This suggests that Minecraft fans are in store for another mash-up pack.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is out now as a digital download on Xbox Live. There is currently no release date set for the game’s newly revealed Halo themed DLC. 4J Studios is also developing versions of Minecraft to launch on Xbox One and PS4 later this year.