Not so long ago Microsoft purchased the Minecraft developers, Mojang, for a ridiculous sum of money and fans of the game on PlayStation all released a simultaneous gasp as they thought their favourite game would be taken away. However, that was not the case and out of the goodness of their hearts Microsoft continue to sell and support Minecraft on PlayStation platforms – okay maybe money has more to do with it than their kindness.
Speaking of support for the PlayStation versions, there’s actually a new Battle minigame being patched into the game this June. Over on the PlayStation Blog Mojang spoke about how Minecraft players love to make up their own minegames and in order to encourage more of that they are going to patch in their own modes with pre-defined rules. Battle will basically be a free-for-all deathmatch that will take place on one of the three maps that have been pre-made for it. Players will only be able to use weapons and ingredients they find in chests across the maps. In a rather quirky twist players who are killed will return to the match as a bat who can fly around watching other players.
The mode will be patched into the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game. As mentioned, there will be three maps at launch but more will be released at a later date although we’re not sure if they will be free or not. The mode will support up to four players online on the Vita version, but the home console versions will support up to eight players online or four in split-screen. We don’t have an exact release date yet but it will be included in an update this June.