In preparation for Halo 5: Guardians‘ launch next week, Microsoft reveals several new screenshots of skins inspired by the sci-fi shooter to be included in Minecraft.
It’s now been announced that Halo 5: Guardians skins are coming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Minecraft this week. The Halo 5 pack will include all of the members of Master Chief’s world-renown Blue Team, and Agent Locke’s Fireteam Osiris.
The Halo 5 skin set will become available for the Xbox ports of of Mojang’s block-based building game on October 23 for $4. Fans who already own the Minecraft Halo mash-up pack for Xbox 360 and Xbox One will get the new skins as a free update.
Several screenshots for the add-ons can be seen in the gallery below, and the full rundown of character skins to be included in the forthcoming pack is as follows:
- Spartan-117 The Master Chief
- Spartan-104 Fredric
- Spartan-087 Kelly
- Spartan-058 Linda
- Spartan Locke
- Spartan Buck
- Spartan Tanaka
- Spartan Vale
As most fans are aware, the Halo mash-up pack already contains a texture set inspired by the Halo universe, craftable items, themed menus, as well as 31 separate music tracks from across the entire Halo series. Additionally, it also has 40 different skins in total, including outfits for characters like Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, and the Arbiter. Furthermore, Minecraft fans with the set have been able to explore pre-made Halo maps such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardians, and Blood Gulch.
The Halo 5 skins are the latest cosmetic offerings for Minecraft, as the title has received an array of sets this year. For instance, the game finally received a Star Wars skin pack for Xbox, as well as a set patterned after characters such as Zeus, Medusa, Heracles, Hermes, and more in the build-em-up release’s Greek Mythology DLC. Not to mention, other past updates have provided Minecraft with skins from the Dr. Who series, as well as a rather surreal batch modeled after The Simpsons.
With Halo 5‘s release date being next Tuesday, Microsoft is doing all it can to ramp up publicity for the title, and releasing the Minecraft skins is yet another attempt to hammer the existence of the forthcoming sequel into the heads of gamers everywhere. Plus, developing items for Minecraft was likely a relatively cheap and painless process for the company, especially since it currently owns the studio that produces the game. So essentially, it’s a win-win scenario for Microsoft, for not only does Minecraft get new wares, but also Halo 5 receives additional promotion.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on October 27, 2015, exclusively for Xbox One, and as previously mentioned, the Halo 5 themed Minecraft skins will release for Mojang’s construction game on October 23, 2015 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.