Minecraft is the ultimate sandbox game, and many fans have taken advantage of that freedom and the game’s vast arsenal of assets to create mini games and competitive events. Microsoft has been paying attention to the creative ideas that the Minecraft community has spawned, and they’ve decided to join in on the fun and make it official.

Microsoft announced today that they are going to start rolling out new mini games on the console versions of
Minecraft, giving players the ability to enjoy “competitions with tailor-made rulesets, so you can have fun straight away without having to fuss around with manual count-downs, laboriously prep loot chests or keep score.” The first new mode on the way is called Battle, and it will be available sometime next month.

“Battle allows you to set up a competitive multiplayer fight for survival, where speed, strategy- and sometimes just pure luck- will make you the winner. Players in Battle matches use randomly generated resources found in chests placed in specially designed PVP maps and combat one another in a free for all death match until the final victor is determined. The fun’s not all over after you are defeated though, as fallen players can spectate the combat among remaining players in the match by freely flying around each arena as a bat. Battle matches can be played with up to four players in split-screen and up to 8 players online via Xbox Live. Or, you can find other community members to join your game via an in-game matchmaking system.”

The new
Battle mode will be free to download, but additional map packs will be released for $2.99 each. The free download will include three playable maps. While you wait for the update to drop, you can check out 20 minutes of footage by clicking above.

Source: Xbox Wire

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