So here’s a fun little anecdote: I’ve probably spent a total of two hours playing Minecraft… like ever. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I didn’t like it enough to buy it.
But many of you did buy it, which is why it’ll probably interest you to know that Microsoft, Mojang, and 4J Studios will be releasing a new free mini-game called Battle next month. According to Xbox Wire, the mode will pit players against each other in a “fight for survival, where speed, strategy- and sometimes just pure luck- will make you the winner.”
It’s true that mods already exist that offer players more or less the same experience, but Jaime Limon, Minecraft’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, states in a post on Xbox Wire that the new mini-games will help players to “quickly and easily jump into 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.”
Here are more gameplay details pulled from the Xbox Wire post:
“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 mini-game will be included in a free update rolling out in June for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other consoles, and will come with three maps. Limon also said that the Minecraft team will be releasing more map pack add-ons in the future, and that those will be priced at $2.99 USD (about R46) a piece. Other mini-games are also reportedly in the works.