Mojang’s popular block-based sandbox release Minecraft is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and successful video games in the history of the medium, and its popularity shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Several weeks ago, sales for its PC port soared beyond 20 million copies, and its numbers are sure to grow in the future. Not to mention, Markus “Notch” Persson’s brainchild continues to show up on the charts, as it recently became one of the top selling games of July 2015, taking the number 3 slot.
Minecraft‘s prosperity is due in no small part to its ability to cater toward practically any audience, be it young players, old fogies, casual gamers, pop culture junkies, and even hardcore gaming fans. And with its constant updates – last month’s Greek mythology DLC skins and texture pack was a nice addition – folks are rarely lacking for something new to do with the title. Although some content might initially be available only for certain versions, the material usually becomes procurable for all platforms in the long run, much like Minecraft‘s now doing today with Star Wars skin packs for Sony consoles.
Originally an Xbox exclusive, the Star Wars skin packs can now be obtained for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. For starters, there’s the Classic Skin Pack, which contains seven versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, as well as a slew of other well-known characters including the galaxy’s favorite droid – R2-D2. Secondly, the Rebels Skin Pack offers up some of the franchise’s more obscure figures such as Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and even the C1-10P astromech unit colloquially referred to as “Chopper”.
Long time Minecraft players looking to give the game’s avatars a fresh coat of paint will be happy to know that both of the skin packs are available on the PlayStation Store for a pretty fair price at $3 a pop. And should fans’ love for Star Wars extend beyond the sci-fi series, there are tons of other skin pack themes for purchase, such as Mass Effect, Skyrim, LittleBigPlanet, and even one inspired by The Simpsons.
With so much new stuff being incorporated into Minecraft – not counting the player-created content like the Pokemon mod and the recent Fallout-themed mod entitled Project Wasteland – fans ought to remain in Mojang’s open world creation sim release for decades to come. Plus, once Microsoft gets a handle on how to truly harness the augmented reality power of the game’s HoloLens Edition, the build ’em up title could eventually go on to revolutionize the way we interact with our environments.
Minecraft is available to play on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, as well as iOS and Android devices.