In case you haven’t heard of this Minecraft thing, 2 Player Productions has the full story on what is now one of gaming’s most iconic franchises. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a nearly two-hour documentary covering the origin and evolution of Minecraft from perspective of the creators themselves.
Dragonborns and Minecraft players, rejoice! The official trailer has been released for the Skyrim Mash-Up Pack, showcasing the Dovahkiin’s hijinks as he ventures through blocky recreations of famous Skyrim locales. The DLC will included the pre-build world seen in the trailer as well as a Skyrim-themed texture pack, 40 new skins, new UI and 20 songs from the Skyrim soundtrack. You’ll be able to get your hands on the pack in no time; today 4J studios tweeted the Skyrim Mash-Up will start rolling out tomorrow morning for $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.
Anyone who’s played Skyrim probably remembers the Minecraft easter egg on top of the Throat of the World. Minecraft will soon be returning the favor, releasing a new Mash-Up Pack centered around Bethesda’s fifth Elder Scrolls game. Considering both games feature mining, sword fighting, undead enemies, giant spiders, and (of course) dragons, this combination is a perfect match.
The pack includes a Skyrim-themed texture pack, a remodeled user interface, 40 character skins, and over 20 selections from the game’s original soundtrack. Players will be able to explore the homeland of the Nords in a pre-built world containing recreations of Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrows. The pack currently doesn’t have a release date, but will be priced at $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.
Good news for fans of Minecraft, a special Halloween Texture Pack is now available to download for free here. The download is available until the end of this week (November 3) and includes what looks like Creepers re-imagined as ghosts and special pumpkin blocks that look perfect for any Halloween-themed map. Also included in the texture pack are spooky trees, zombie chickens and a Slenderman Enderman that will make any Minecraft adventure that bit more terrifying. This texture pack comes shortly after the Natural and Plastic texture packs were both released earlier in the month for $1 each, but the lack of a price tag for this latest pack will be sure to attract Minecraft players this time around.
Hot off the heals of the Plastic Texture Pack, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is already getting another new texture pack. The Natural Texture Pack substitutes the original, cartoony look of Minecraft with a more realistic look for the environment and animals. There’s currently no release date or price, but if the previous texture pack is any indication we should expect a $1/£0.65/€0.95 price tag. Several screenshots have surfaced showing off the new textures. Check them out after the jump.
Chris Charla, director of Independent Developers for Xbox (or ID@Xbox), spoke with Game Informer recently and talked about why indie developers should consider self-publishing on the Xbox One. Charla, who has “always been a huge fan of XBLA” particularly for their “short-form game experiences” also discussed how exactly the program works. In order to self-publish on the platform they need to be a “registered developer” who will then receive free dev kits in order to work on their titles. He also added that Microsoft are “not really dictating the games” and that first and foremost they want to “[make] sure that our players have access to tonnes of original content.”
The interview was accompanied by screenshots and footage of games that have not been self-published such as Cobalt, which is being published by Mojang and developed by Oxeye Game Studio and Fatshark, as Charla went on to discuss why self-publishing is not the only option for developers. “There’s lots of reasons to still go with a publisher” such as “financing,” “quality assurance” and also “promotion and marketing.” He also said that this was a good option for those developers who “want to focus on the game.”
Despite this he added that there was “no exclusivity provision” for the program, giving developers more options in terms of a release. They also “went out and talked to more than 50 different developers” in order to assess what independent developers would like to see and learned that what they wanted most was “discoverability” on the Xbox One which will now place all of the games that are available on the marketplace together. Charla also told independent developers to “get in touch.”
Source: Game Informer
The most recent Minecraft update added support for texture packs, but so far only the default look has been available. After the update released, 4J Studios tweeted that new textures will come in new Mash-Up Packs that will make Minecraft look like another game. Each pack will contain textures, skins, music, a user interface, and a unique themed world. The first game getting the mash-up treatment will be Mass Effect 3.
The Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack will contain 36 new character skins, 22 songs from the game’s soundtrack, the Mars Facility world save, the Mass Effect texture pack, and themed menus. The pack will be available tomorrow, September 4, for $3.99.
Details have emerged regarding the 12th title update for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, which has sold more than eight million copies since the release of the game on Xbox Live Arcade. PlayXBLA will be hosting an early look at the update over on their Twitch channel on Monday August 12 from 11 a.m. PST until noon and again from 3 p.m. PST until 4 p.m. PST.
In terms of what’s new, three new mobs have been added to the game. These are the Ocelot/Cat, the Iron Golem and the Baby Villager. In addition to the mobs, a lot of new items have also been added to the game, such as the Redstone Lamp and the Ocelot Egg Spawn. The new update also brings with it a tutorial world for beginners who might not be used to Minecraft and a new map height limit of 256 as opposed to the previous height limit of 128, giving players even more freedom in terms of creating maps within the Minecraft world.
The update will also include fixes to solve a number of issues within the popular XBLA game. These include fixes to prevent issues that relate to lighting within the game and also a fix for any structures that happen to generate at the world’s edge. These fixes will no doubt make for a smoother Minecraft experience for the player. Whilst there is no confirmed date of release for the title update yet, a more comprehensive list of changes can be found on the PlayXBLA website.
Minecraft is getting another brand new skin pack at the end of the month. Unlike the recent Battle and Beasts pack which contained original skins, Skin Pack 5 will return to featuring popular characters from other games. The first batch of skins announced are some vault hunters and the villain from Borderlands 2: Roland, Axton, Maya, Salvador, and Handsome Jack. There are still many more characters to be unveiled, some of which are hinted at in the teaser image below. Who do you think they are? Skin Pack 5 will be available July 31 for 160MSP.
During Microsoft’s E3 conference this year, a new-and-improved Minecraft was announced for Xbox One. While this new version boasts bigger worlds and bigger multiplayer, the announcement left many gamers wondering what will happen to their Xbox 360 worlds. An interview on OXM originally lead everyone to believe that the Xbox One Edition wouldn’t feature any sort of cross-gen features. A recent tweet from Phil Spencer shows things have taken a turn for the better, confirming that 4J Studios is now in talks with Microsoft about transferring saves from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. If all goes well, you’ll be able to continue progress on your current worlds from your next-gen console. 4J has confirmed that they will continue to support the Xbox 360 Edition after the Xbox One launch, so players can still enjoy new updates without upgrading to next-gen.