Microsoft thinks you want more game in Minecraft

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Player versus player gameplay is coming to Minecraft. More specifically, Microsoft, Mojang, and 4J Studios are making mini-games for Minecraft: Console Edition, the first of which will be a competitive multiplayer mode. People have been making up their own Minecraft multiplayer games for years, but Microsoft wants to offer players an official set of rules. Battle introduces a bit of arena fighting to the free-form gameplay.

Players in Battle matches use randomly generated resources found in chests placed in specially designed PVP maps and combat one another in a free for all death match until the final victor is determined.

The new mode will be added for free to owners of Minecraft: Console Edition in June. Future map packs – there’s the money! – will be sold for $2.99 periodically.