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‘Minecraft’ mash-up series captures gaming pop-culture, Skyrim Edition inbound

Minecraft: Skyrim Edition
Minecraft: Skyrim Edition
4J Studios

While Minecraft is an extremely recognizable game in its own right, earning its place in the pop-culture of gaming, fans of 4J Studios’ Xbox 360 version of the game have been given the opportunity to combine the visuals of the popular block building title with those of other hit video game franchises thanks to the recent addition of the mash-up pack series to the console edition of the game. Joining the previously released Mass Effect mash-up pack, PlayXBLA revealed on Nov 1 that the game will soon be receiving a crossover with Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series with the upcoming Minecraft: Skyrim Edition mash-up pack DLC.

Minecraft: Skyrim Edition
4J Studios

By taking the creative freedom of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and placing it inside the familiar settings of other well-known gaming franchises like Mass Effect and Skyrim, 4J Studios has given gamers a chance to explore the games included within any mash-up pack in a brand new way. Everything seems familiar but ultimately different. It’s like paying homage to a game inside another game.

The same title update which introduced support for mash-up pack add-ons to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition also made it possible for fans to apply standalone texture packs to the game. Unlike the larger mash-up packs, these texture-based add-ons change a user’s Minecraft world with generic textures with the mash-up packs pay tribute to each licensed crossover.

The newly announced Skyrim mash-up pack adds new textures, music, monsters, and environments from the Elder Scrolls series and applies them directly to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. While the PC version of Minecraft generally receives more flexibility with altering the overall game’s visuals, these special crossover DLC packs are something that only console players can experience.

Not only will the Minecraft: Skyrim Edition DLC offer gamers a new way to play Minecraft, but it effectively gives fans a chance to revisit the lands of Skyrim in a brand new way. 4J Studios hinted that an Elder Scrolls themed add-on was in the works when they reminded fans that they have a good relationship with Bethesda as they were the team responsible for originally porting The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to the Playstation 3.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is now available as a digital download via Xbox Live Arcade and can also now be found in stores as the game received a physical retail disc release earlier this summer.

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