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Pac-Man DLC available for Minecraft today

It's hip to be square

It’s PAC-MAN’s 40th birthday today! WOOHOO! Excuse me, I mean WAKA-WAKA! This iconic character and close personal friend is the star of one of the most legendary games of all time. To mark this special milestone, we want to celebrate by releasing the new PAC-MAN DLC in the Marketplace!

Unlock new power-ups and avoid ghosts as you make your way through the 3D mazes! Played through all ten stages? Well, build your own maze then. No seriously, do it! It’s lots of fun. You can even challenge your friends to what I have now dubbed “a maze-off”. None of them have accepted but all of them have called me hack. I hope you have better luck and better friends.

You can find the new PAC-MAN DLC in the Marketplace. Good luck and remember to keep an eye out for Inky, Pinky, Blinky, Clyde, and Creepy!

Minecraft hits 200 million units sold

An insane amount of success

Minecraft has been around for 11 years now, believe it or not. In that time, the game has only grown in popularity. It's the worldwide phenomenon that just can't be stopped.

As of today, Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft has now topped 200 million. Along with that, the game has 126 million active players each month. That's an absolutely staggering number considering how old the game is. In just the last month alone, Minecraft saw a 25 percent increase in new players and a 40 percent spike in multiplayer sessions.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Minecraft dev Mojang renamed Mojang Studios, gets a new logo

Celebrating 11 years

Mojang, the team behind the Minecraft series, has announced that they're changing their name. The developer is now known as Mojang Studios, and they have a new logo as well.

Mojang Studios has a whole philosophy behind the decision to change their name, which was spurred on by the company celebrating 11 years. If you want a deep dive into why this name change was made, you can check out the studio's official blog here.

Minecraft's May 2020 maps and more for Realms Plus revealed

9 new maps, plus skins and textures

The content available to Minecraft "Realms Plus" subscribers for May 2020 has been revealed. Check out full details on the content below.

CLEAR CRAFT BY GOE-CRAFT

Big pixels not your thing? Clear Craft takes Minecraft’s original blocks and wraps them in sharp, shiny, bright, and beautiful 64x textures while also adding details to every block, item, and mob. Plus, you also get improved mobs including zombies, dragons, Creepers and more as well as 12 free HD skins.

LITHOS HD TEXTURES BY SYCLONE STUDIOS

Not too pixelated, not too sharp – just right. Familiar and faithful, Lithos HD takes your world to the next level with detailed 32x textures while staying true to the vanilla Minecraft look. Created by Eleazzaar for Syclone Studios, this pack also includes eight HD skins.

MEDIEVAL TEXTURE PACK BY GAMEMODE ONE

Give your game the royal treatment with these stunning medieval textures! Create immersive fantasy structures and roleplay as royalty, knights, and heroes with 20 medieval skins!

THE ENDERMAN HEISTS BY EVERBLOOM GAMES

Pull off daring heists in a one-of-a-kind stealth game – in Minecraft! With the help of your mysterious partner, Speaks, you must steal the Ghost Eye Gem from The Enderman Family mob in New Block City. Discover advanced stealth mechanics never before seen in Minecraft, nail-biting gameplay, and a compelling story with full voiceover!

SKYLINE – PARKOUR & ROLEPLAY BY PIXELS & BLOCKS

No time for intricate buildings or stealth on this map – it’s all about speed! The neon city is your playground, and you have to parkour across it to collect emeralds, which you can then spend on power-up items. Tired of the same old parkour course? Use your flying car to discover new ones! Roleplay in three luxury apartments, experience 75 unique parkour courses, and dress up in five neon skins!

DINOSAUR ISLAND BY PIXELHEADS

Science gave us computers. Yay, science! But it also unleashed prehistoric beasts onto this once-idyllic island thanks to some out-of-control genetic experiments. Boo, science! Explore and solve the hidden mysteries of this intriguing island in a completely new adventure on Dinosaur Island! Discover a story-driven adventure, fight and ride dinosaurs, and prevail in boss battles!

SPACE BATTLE SIMULATOR BY QWERTYUIOPTHEPIE

What’s the best kind of ship? A friendship! But spaceships are a close second – and nothing says ‘true friends’ like fighting each other in futuristic spaceships. The rules are simple: choose between the Clarke or the Asimov and try to destroy your opponent’s ship. P.S.: you can play one-on-one, but it’s more fun between four players!

FASHION FRENZY BY THE HIVE

Nothing to wear despite a full Character Creator? Craving a spring wardrobe refresh? This mega pack has a wide range of trendy teens, all with fantastic fashion sense. Discover a total of 40 skins for every occasion!

LUCKY BLOCK RACE BY VOLCANO

Feeling lucky? This classic race is back and better than ever! Race your friends in this fun map that’s fully voice acted for the best immersion and includes custom mobs and sounds, as well as 16 free skins!

Minecraft wins 'Favorite Video Game' at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2020

But did Alex get slimed?

There was some stiff competition in this year's Favorite Video Game category at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2020, but the people have spoken. Fortnite, Mario Kart Tour, and Smash Bros. Ultimate all lost to Minecraft this year. Surprisingly, Just Dance didn't even make the cut for nominations, and that title has cleaned up in the past!

Mojang teams with United Nations Development Program and Heart17 to spread the word on coronavirus protection through Minecraft

No matter what part of the world you live in, you are likely experiencing strange and scary times at the moment, as the novel coronavirus continues to spread through our communities.

But even during this time, there are glimmers of hope, as individuals, organizations, and companies come together to help. Maybe you’ve seen people singing from balconies to lift spirits, or assisting elderly neighbors with their grocery shopping. It’s heartwarming stuff!

If you’re among the healthcare or service professionals who help society run, we’re all indebted to you. But even if you’re “just” staying home, you’re blocking the pathways for Covid-19 and keeping it from spreading. Thank you for that!
At Mojang, we find that distributing factual information is incredibly important, as that information will help people make informed decisions, which in turn may save lives. One thing we’re doing to help is teaming up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and their partner, Heart17. Together, we’ll spread the word under the banner of #TomorrowTogether.

Over the next week or so, we are devoting space in all of our social channels to important health advice derived from the World Health Organization’s recommendations. So if you suddenly come across a Creeper asking you to wash your hands, don’t worry: their agenda has not permanently changed. In the game, they still want nothing more than to get cozy with you and proceed to blow up. But in our social channels, and for the time being, they also want to help put an end to the pandemic.
We’re honored to be part of this initiative, and hope it will help inch the world toward a future free of Covid-19.
Take care and stay safe!

Official Minecraft manga kicks off in CoroCoro Comic

New kid on the block

An official Minecraft manga has been revealed, and the debut appears in the May 2020 issue of CoroCoro comic. The name of the manga is Minecraft: Journey to the World’s End, and it focuses on a 10-year old kid named Nico White. Nico will interact with other original characters while dealing with elements franchise fans should be intimately familiar with.

Nico specializes in digging, and he used to bother his parents every day by destroying the walls and floors to run outdoors. Nico lives in Teo Village, and one day while hanging with friends, Nico ends up getting into a bit of trouble. This tricky spot is what sets Nico off on his grand adventure.

If you want to check out some more pics from the debut issue of Minecraft: Journey to the World's End, you can take a peek in the gallery below.

Minecraft updated to Version 1.14.60

Minecraft has been updated to Version 1.14.60 on Switch. Check out the full patch notes for this update below.

Fixes:

Crashes / Performance

Fixed an issue that could cause Minecraft not to launch past the loading screen after updating (MCPE-58897)
Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting a world
Fixed a crash that could occur when a split-screen player left the game
Fixed a crash that could occur during gameplay on Nintendo Switch

General

Fixed an issue that showed a false prompt that a device was out of storage space (MCPE-32501)
Fixed an issue with the Marketplace not loading when not signed into a Microsoft account
Fixed issues with content not transferring to a Microsoft account if the content was purchased without being signed in

Gameplay

Fixed some special characters not appearing on Signs or Book & Quill

Add-Ons

Animation Controllers in Behavior Packs can now run commands on Realms (MCPE-59881)

Meet a Minecrafter: Jacob Hashimoto

Minecraft meets art

Meet Jacob Hashimoto, an artist who creates beautiful room-sized sculptures inspired by Minecraft. Jacob reflects on the value that long play sessions of Minecraft can have, both on the art world and on young minds overall. So if you were looking for an excuse to spend hours and hours on a build, look no further!

Hallmark releasing Minecraft and Fortnite ornaments later this year

More goodies for your gaming tree

Along with the round of Nintendo-specific ornaments that we detailed last week, Hallmark also has some other gaming ornaments on the way. A Fortnite 'Battle Bus' ornament is set to release on Oct. 3rd, 2020 for $25, and a Minecraft 'Nether' ornament is due out the same day for $19. Check out official descriptions for each below.

Fortnite

Drop in and bring the world of Fortnite to life on your Christmas tree when you display this Battle Bus ornament. Holiday excitement soars to new heights with this decoration featuring the hot air balloon-powered blue bus from the video game phenomenon "Fortnite Battle Royale." All aboard!

Minecraft

Grab your pickaxe and get ready to portal into another dimension. With its layers of Netherrack and lavafalls, The Nether's treacherous terrain is made all the more menacing with its native hostile mob, the ghast. Gamers will love seeing the realm come to life on their Christmas tree with this ornament that features signature Minecraft pixelated styling.

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