‘Half-Life’ and ‘Awesomenauts’ Invade ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’

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Bringing Minecraft to the Xbox 360 has proven to be a fruitful venture for Mojang, which comes as no surprise to anyone who’d been following the indie phenomenon prior to its XBLA debut. 4J Studios has put the finishing touches on update 1.8.2, and 360 owners are growing eager to meet up with friends on Xbox Live and try out all of the new features that the humongous update will provide them with. However, that’s not the only Minecraft-related item coming to the XBLA in the near future.

PlayXBLA recently revealed that Skin Pack 3 for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is scheduled to arrive at some point very soon, and they’ve given gamers a sneak peak at a few of the costumes that’ll be making up a portion of Steve’s latest downloadable wardrobe set. Characters from the all-too popular Half-Life series will be taking up at least seven spots in the latest costume pack, and they’ll be accompanied by a few members of the Awesomenauts roster.

These characters will be joining a fairly solid lineup of prestigious gaming icons that have already become available as downloadable skins for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Everyone from Master Chief and Marcus Fenix to Tony Hawk and the Castle Crashers have made their debut, and it’s unlikely that the development of additional skin packs will cease production anytime soon.

While paying for something that’s free on the PC version of Minecraft is irritating, it’s still good to see Gordon Freeman return after all these years. Although it’s not quite Half-Life 3, fans will be relieved to see that the mute protagonist hasn’t been forgotten. The addition of Awesomenauts characters is also a nice treat, and it makes us wonder who else may be next. Fortunately, it won’t be too much longer until the entirety of Skin Pack 3 has been revealed.

No additional details have been released outside of four screenshots displaying the new skins, but it’s expected that this particular add-on will cost 180 Microsoft Points ($2) – just like the two packs before it. PlayXBLA has assured everyone that they’ll be revealing more details soon, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as more information on the DLC is made available.

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Source: PlayXBLA

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  1. Lol what’s the point of buying a skin if you can’t even tell what character it’s supposed to be? I get that Mojang wanted Minecraft to have a pixelated aesthetic, but I think they could’ve given it more graphical detail without sacrificing the feel of the aesthetic. The character models are just awful.

    • You can go into third-person mode to get an eyeful of the skins in their blocky glory, but they’re a rather frivolous purchase.

      They didn’t upgrade the graphics because they didn’t need to. Everyone was going to buy it regardless of whether or not the textures had been updated, because the I.P. had already become ridiculously popular at that point in time. An HD version of Minecraft would be cool to see, and I have no doubt that it’s something we’ll see in the future, but many gamers love the aesthetic just the way it is. ;)

  2. “4J Studios has put the finishing touches on update 1.8.2″ – this is completely wrong. 4J had finished 1.8.2 at the end of september. It’s been through Microsoft certification for nearly 2 weeks now, which is why it’s taking so long to be released. I doubt it will be released today because it’s a sunday, but I’d be disappointed if it isn’t released tomorrow, which is in theory is deadline day.

    • It will be either today (doubtful), tomorrow, or Tuesday. It seems almost impossible for it to be any later unless bugs were found.

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