‘Minecraft’ PlayStation Gets ‘Mass Effect’ Pack, ‘Viva Pinata’ Like Texture Pack For All Consoles

A brand new texture pack hit Minecraft for the PlayStation and Xbox consoles on Tuesday that’s reminiscent of the classic Viva Piñata series for the Xbox 360. That’s not all though, as the Minecraft: PlayStation Editions also received the Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack.

The Pattern Texture Pack is available to purchase from the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store for $0.99. The pack is full of colorful textures that make the characters, creatures, and environment in Minecraft look as if they were knitted.

In a way, it’s similar to the same aesthetic used for Rare’s Viva Piñata titles. The series started out on the Xbox 360 in 2006 as an open-ended life simulation game where players tended a garden and the piñata animals that lived there. It generated two sequels and a short-lived TV series that lasted 30 episodes.

Meanwhile, owners of the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PS Vita versions of Minecraft can purchase the Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack from the PS Store for $3.99. This pack was originally released to the Xbox 360 in September, 2013, and the first one released overall. It’s taken nearly two years for all the licensing agreements to be made to bring the pack to the PlayStation consoles.

The Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack goes beyond just giving Minecraft textures from the now-classic space opera role-playing game. It also adds 36 skins based on characters from the series, including both the male and female versions of Commander Shepard, Garrus, Liara, and more.

It also comes with 22 pieces from the Mass Effect soundtrack, plus a re-skinned menu screen. A world based on the Mars Facility is included as well, and common mobs in Minecraft are re-skinned to look like enemies from Mass Effect.

This trailer from the Hat Films that was released at the time the Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack hit the Xbox 360 is a good look at what to expect.

Remember that if you purchase the Pattern Texture Pack or Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack on any Xbox or PlayStation console, it will be available on all consoles in the same family.

The future of Minecraft updates for PlayStation and Xbox consoles is still very much up in the air. Console developer 4J Studios has been extremely quiet since the TU21 and TU22 bug fix releases hit PlayStation and Xbox consoles in February.

There have been no teases of upcoming content so far. Presumably, 4J is working on the 1.7.2 update to the PC version of Minecraft and its subsequent patches. The official name for this was “The Update that Changed the World,” due to the 11 new biomes that were added plus the new terrain generator.

[Images via Xbox Wire]