Mojang and 4J have announced that console versions of Minecraft (including Minecraft: Wii U Edition) are getting a free mini-game called “Battle” next month. This will be the first of several upcoming mini-games.
Battle pits players against one another in a fight for survival, as they race to snatch weapons and resources from chests, dance over each arena’s unique perils and stave off hunger pangs. We’ve made the mini game specifically with console players and couch-based competition in mind: it supports up to four players in splitscreen and eight players online, either by invitation or using the in-game matchmaking system. We wanted it to be super-accessible and fast-paced, so we’ve tried to keep the focus on rapid tactical thinking and combat: there’s no need to craft anything here, and you can loot inventories and equip armour with the tap of a button.
Battle will be available in June as a free update to Minecraft on consoles. It comes with three arenas, while more maps will be available in the future for $2.99 a piece.