Battle Map Pack 2 now available for Minecraft on consoles

One of the more interesting additions to Minecraft on consoles lately was the new Battle Mode - an exclusive minigame that allowed for competitive battle multiplayer, much like modded Minecraft PC servers. It proved popular with players, so Mojang is releasing their second Battle Map Pack today for consoles!

This pack includes three maps "created exclusively for the Battle mini-game", and that's pretty much it. Possibly not that exciting, but it only costs $2.99 USD.

Still, if you're a fan of Battle Mode you will likely find this pack a welcome upgrade. You can grab it starting today from your console's online marketplace.

Source: Mojang

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 7, Access Denied, is now available

Ready for some more Minecraft: Story Mode action? Telltale Studios has just made the seventh episode, entitled 'Access Denied', available on all platforms.

What's the story this time around? Access Denied is a battle between Jesse's (the main character) crew and PAMA, an evil artificial intelligence who wants to command everyone and everything in a "pursuit of optimal usefulness and efficiency".

The episode looks entertaining at the least, but are you planning on playing it? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Mojang

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 free right now on Windows Store

Have you been looking to try out Minecraft: Story Mode, but don't want to shell out money for it? If you have Windows 10 and live in the United States - you're in luck!

The first episode of Story Mode is currently free on the Windows Store, with all the other episodes currently discounted at $2.49. You can also get Episodes 2-8 in a bundle for $19.99 and Episodes 6-8 for $12.49.

This sale only applies for the United States, and the Windows Store version of Story Mode requires Windows 10 and about 4GB of space on your PC.

Source: Windows Store

Video: Controlling ceiling lights in Minecraft PC... with Siri?

I've seen some cool Redstone tricks, most recently a whole Pokemon game in Minecraft, but what toggling Redstone lights with Siri on an iPhone? Watch it in action:

Reddit user podpage posted this to the Minecraft subreddit yesterday, explaining he used the iOS HomeKit API to take commands from Siri. Here's his full technical explaination, if you're curious:

HomeKit Bridge is a simple HTTP-Interface. You can setup the Bridge server and connect your device to it (in my case a BukkitServer). To connect the Bridge to your iPhone you need an third party because "Home" in iOS10 don't accept your Bridge due the missing certificate (I used Eve). Let your iPhone sync and now you can use Siri on your iPhone oder AppleWatch to control your devices.

See the source link for the original Reddit post. However impracitcal it might be, it would be neat if he decides to release this as an app someday.

Source: Reddit

Ocean Monuments could be coming to Minecraft PE 0.16.0

Mojang's goal with Minecraft PE is to bring the game (and thus, Windows 10 Edition as well) up to speed with the original game. Another piece of that puzzle could be coming soon - Ocean Monuments.

Yesterday, Tommaso (one of the Minecraft PE developers) posted this on Twitter:

With Ocean Monuments being the only naturally-generating objects in oceans, it's likely the surprise feature. Ocean Monuments were originally added in Minecraft PC 1.8, with 1.9 altering them to only appear very deep in the ocean.

And if it's not Ocean Monuments - then what do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments below.

Johan Bernhardsson, former lead developer of Pocket Edition, is working on a new game

If you've been reading us for a while, you may recall us mentioning Johan Bernhardsson - who previously worked for Mojang on Minecraft Pocket Edition. He singlehandedly developed Pocket Edition for over a year, and in his last days at Mojang, helped create the new Mac launcher for Minecraft.

After he left Mojang, he helped found Midnight Hub - an indie game studio also located in Sweden. He and several other developers are currently developing a game called Lake Ridden - a "story driven first-person horror game, set against a Scandinavian backdrop."

Sounds interesting? Here's the full description from their website:

When a girl is on a hike with her friends, her sister suddenly vanishes. While searching for her, she encounters an old, abandoned house. To survive, and ultimately save her sister, she must piece together the dark secret of the nearby town by finding clues, solving puzzles and interacting with former residents. But there are shadows out in the darkness. She’ll have to uncover an old conflict driven by envy, madness and hate.

Head on down to their development blog in the source link below for more information about the game's development. Midnight Hub aims to release Lake Ridden on PC in 2017.

Source: Midnight Hub

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 7 is coming out this month

Minecraft: Story Mode has hit a chord with gamers, becoming one of Telltale Games' most popular titles of all time. They and Mojang are more than happy to keep the story going, with the seventh episode apparently coming sometime this month.

Telltale Games' head of creative communications, Job Stauffer, shared on Twitter yesterday that the next episode will definitely be coming to players sometime this month.

The eighth episode, titled "A Journey’s End?, will be coming sometime this summer. Are you excited for more Story Mode? Let us know in the comments below.