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Minecraft's console versions are getting a new mode next month, and a new way for Microsoft to monetise the game.

June will see the launch of Minecraft's first mini-game, Battle, which will launch for free on PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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The mode allows for competitive battling in arena areas with procedurally-generated chests full of loot and weaponry. Up to eight players can take part, with up to four players in split-screen.

After Battle mode's launch, Microsoft will support the mini-game with map packs priced at $2.99 (UK cost TBA).

There's no word yet if other future mini-games will be available free.

"Of course, coming up with improvised rules and new ways to play with friends is already a popular activity among Minecraft: Console Edition players - and long may it continue!" Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

"But with our new mini games, we'll be helping you quickly and easily jump into competitions with tailor-made rulesets, so you can have fun straight away without having to fuss around with manual count-downs, laboriously prep loot chests or keep score."

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