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‘Minecraft’ to be invaded by ‘Halo,’ more details on the DLC revealed

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

After slowly teasing fans with images depicting various Halo characters and scenery set within the blocky world of Minecraft, 4J Studios finally confirmed last week that the next mash-up pack for the Xbox 360 version of the sandbox title will blend the voxel landscapes of Minecraft with the popular first-person shooter franchise. Offering players another look at the at the upcoming DLC, the official website for Xbox Live Arcade released a new set of screenshots on May 19 for Minecraft’s forthcoming Halo Mash-up Pack.

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

In addition to providing a more in-depth look at the game’s next mash-up pack, PlayXBLA also announced that more details on the licensed DLC will also be revealed later this week. Fans can expect to learn new information regarding exactly what the add-on will contain besides the newly announced additions of official music and 40 new character skins.

Minecraft mash-up packs meld other popular gaming franchises into the block building game. These DLC add-ons attempt to blend different licensed properties directly into Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition by adding new custom textures, avatar skins, and landmarks to the game. In order to complete the transformations, music from the original titles are also imported into Minecraft so that the game both looks and sounds the part.

The Halo Mash-up Pack will be the third DLC of its kind to release for the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft. The game has previously seen the launch of two other mash-up packs which were based upon Bioware's Mass Effect franchise as well as the popular RPG from Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft just celebrated its second anniversary. In addition to releasing numerous DLC packs for the game, 4J Studios also launched a PS3 edition of Minecraft late last year. The developer plans to expand the game to even more platforms later this year as they they are now working on porting Minecraft to Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita.