Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition 1.7.3 update and skin pack coming — play as a Creeper!

Minecraft lovers should be happy to hear that the Xbox 360 Edition is getting a sizable bundle of new content. One of the aspects that makes the PC version more enjoyable are the fan-created customizable skins that anyone can download. While that’s still not a possibility on the Xbox 360, there will be over 40 skins released between the free 1.7.3 title update and the DLC “Skin Pack 1″, both of which are currently in certification and set to be released “soon.”

With the Skin Pack, you may choose from a number of familiar faces (albeit much more pixelated than they may be used to). The following characters have been announced so far:

  • Creeper Man
  • Clayton Carmine (Gears of War 3)
  • Covenant Grunt (Halo)
  • Trials Man (Trials HD)
  • Banjo (Banjo N Kazooie)
  • ‘Splosion Man
  • Ms. ‘Splosion Man

Ms. ‘Splosion Man is semi-notable for being the first official female in Minecraft. Creator Markus “Notch” Persson explained at GDC 2012 that when he originally attempted to design female skins, the result was extremely “sexist” due to the blocky nature of the game’s visuals. I’m not sure Ms. ‘Splosion Man fully counts as a normal female counterpart to Steve or any of the other new skins, but it’s a step in the right direction.

In addition, the long-awaited 1.7.3 update adds pistons (among other things), also enables players to choose among the original eight Steve skins, instead of automatically distributing them only in multiplayer games.

Check out our gallery of images for the upcoming update and Skin Pack below. No release date for either has been announced. Next, bring on the texture packs and Adventure Update!

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