Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Crafting

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition turns 3, free skins released for 360, One

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Birthday Skins Announcement - Screenshot 1

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has turned three years old, and to celebrate, Mojang is giving away three free skin packs. The downloads will be available from today until May 17 for all 20 million players on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Two of the packs were already available for the Xbox 360 but are making their Xbox One debut, the 1st Skin Pack and 2nd Birthday Skin Pack, while the Mojangstas pack is new to both versions.


DLC, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley gets free Crop/Recipe and Flower DLC

Harvest Moon The Lost Valley (3DS) DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has released two free downloadable packs for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The Crop/Recipe and Flower packs will be free until May 19, at which point they will cost .99. As with the current crop of … er … crops, the new ones will have mutations so that players can further expand their stock. These follow two other free downloads, an outfit and hairstyle set as well as a builder’s set. The studio has even more add-ons planned, with more packs scheduled for release in mid-June.



Mojang releases new skins, music for Minecraft

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Skins Announcement - Screenshot 1

Minecraft has received a handful of new additions, from skins to music. One of the new skins, free for all versions, is Alex, who sports red hair and a ponytail. Xbox 360 owners received some extras today, including 30 new Achievements and new music tracks. PlayStation gamers aren’t being left out and will be getting The Simpsons later this week, a set which will come with Homer and company, along with Principal Seymour Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie, and others.


PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sells over a million in Western markets

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) Million Sold Announcement - Screenshot 1

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS has proved to be the fastest-selling entry in the series for Western markets, having shipped one million units across retail and digital channels since February 13. To celebrate, Capcom will be releasing a free 3DS theme next month. The theme joins the company’s ongoing free post-release efforts, which includes monthly downloadable quests that go live on the first Friday of every month.



New The Long Dark update adds new region, wildlife, and more

The Long Dark (PC) Feb Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hinterland Studio has updated the Early Access version of their exploration- and survival-themed sandbox sim The Long Dark. The latest patch adds the rural mountain region Pleasant Valley, new wildlife (unspecified until discovered by players), harvestable plants, a new inventory interface, the ability to use torches to scare off wolves, and improved wildlife AI. Some of the general improvements include predators being attracted to the smell of blood, wind speed and direction affecting scent, and smoke wafting in the direction of the wind. The full list of additions, changes, and fixes can be found here. And for current players, the studio has found that previous saves are compatible with version 192.


PC News

Grab your canteen and ammo, H1Z1 added to Steam Early Access

H1Z1 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

Sony Online has announced that their zombie-themed survival title H1Z1 has launched on Steam Early Access. Available in two packages, digital survivalists can download the standard edition for $19.99 or the premium edition for $39.99. The standard edition includes early access, three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while the premium edition includes 25 Event Tickets, three Airdrop Tickets, six Crates, four Crate Keys, and an exclusive Aviator Hat Crafting Recipe.


PC News

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL bundle, story trailer revealed

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) 3DS XL Announcement - System

Capcom announced that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch alongside the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS XL on February 13. There will also be a special 3DS XL bundle that includes a customized handheld, with a theme based around the game’s artwork, and a copy of the game. The bundle will also be available on launch day. A demo is also slated to go live “soon” for 3DS that will include portions of both the single-player and multiplayer modes. To hold players over until then, Capcom also released a story trailer, which is available below.



Minecraft: Pocket Edition now available for Windows Phone 8.1

Minecraft Pocket Edition (Windows Phone) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released Minecraft for Windows Phone 8.1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition includes creative mode, survival mode, and multiplayer over local wi-fi. This version also sports new biodomes, caves, mobs, and villages.



Festivals, marriage, and more in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer

Natsume has released a new trailer for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The video is focused on the festivals in which players can participate, including an Egg Hunt and a Horse Race, as well as glimpses of a variety of other events. Players will be able to spy married life and parenthood, a few of the animal types that can be raised, and the Harvest God and Goddess.



How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

How to Survive (PS4, Xbox One) Storm Warning Edition Announcement - Screenshot 1

505 Games has announced that they will be releasing a complete, all-in-one version of Eko Software’s zombie-bashing action title How to Survive for PS4 and Xbox One. Due out this fall, the Storm Warning Edition will include the original game as well as all six DLC packs, detailed below, which add new abilities, characters, and islands, plus a new mode and randomized scenario.


DLC, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News