Two of the most popular franchises on Xbox 360 are joining forces soon. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will soon be receiving a Mass Effect Mash-Up DLC pack loaded with assets from BioWare's sci-fi role-playing game series.
The trailer for the Mass Effect pack (via PlayXBLA) shows off a pre-built world based on a Mars facility featured in Mass Effect 3's campaign. FemShep, along with Liara and fat Freddie Prinze Jr., infiltrate the facility and kill any Cerberus troops they encounter along the way. Deep within the bowels of the facility, they encounter Cerberus' leader the Illusive Man. He flips a switch and unleashes hordes of Creepers, the classic Minecraft enemies. The scene ends with these Creepers closing in on our heroes.
The DLC pack includes 36 Mass Effect-inspired skins. The trailer confirms that other squadmates like Tali, Garrus, Legion, and Urdnot Wrex are included in the game. The screenshots depict a range of allies such as Admiral Anderson and Joker along with enemies like the Collectors, Kai Leng and the Geth. The Reapers are too big to be skins but I'm sure you could design a structure that looks like one.
4J Studios included everything you need to make a Mass Effect world. Players will have a new ME texture set at their disposal as well as 22 music tracks from Mass Effect 3. You can even remodel the user interface with an theme inspired by the series.
The Mass Effect DLC announcement says that this will be the first of many Mash-Up Packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition. Each Mash-Up will inject worlds from "other popular game franchises" into the building game. The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has already received skins based on Borderlands and Portal so DLC including textures and music seems like the logical next step. There's an abundant amount of Xbox 360 exclusives (Halo, Gears of War) and multiplatform franchises (BioShock, Grand Theft Auto) that they could use for future Mash-Ups.
4J will release the Mass Effect Mash-Up on September 4th. It'll cost 320 Microsoft Points, or $4.