Minecraft gamers, get ready to battle in short, yet satisfying multiplayer rounds. Just make sure you play the popular sandbox game for consoles.
Developer Mojang announced in a blog post on Thursday the launch of mini-games that are coming to Minecraft: Console Edition in June.
Mini-games have previously been available for Minecraft gamers on the PC, but this marks the first time console players will be able to get in on the action. The Console Edition already lets players create their own rules and new ways to interact with their friends, but the new mini-games allow users to get right into to the competition without having to first set rules to waste time doing things like deciding on who will keep score.
Mojang, which is now owned by Microsoft, revealed that it will start rolling out these mini-games for free starting next month as part of an update for Xbox 360, Xbox One and other consoles.
Speaking of action, this is exactly what the first mini-game is all about. Called Battle, the multiplayer survival game puts players against each other in a combat to the death. Players must use speed, strategy, or just rely on luck to defeat their opponent. To do so, they must search for random supplies that can be found in chests that are placed in specially-designed PvP maps.
Up to four players can compete in Battle in spilt-screen or up to eight players online via Xbox Live. If one of the players dies, they can still watch over it all as a free-flying bat in the arena.
Battle will start rolling out in June, along with three new maps to try out. If the mini-game is a success among gamers, Mojang will release additional Map Pack add-ons in the future for $2.99 each.
The mini-game will be available for Minecraft: Console Edition for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Wii U.
Mojang was acquired by Microsoft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion. The popular PC game has more than 100 million registered players around the world, and will now be released in China for the PC and mobile thanks to a five-year exclusive deal with NetEase.