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Minecraft: Console Edition gets big update, Chinese mythology DLC in early October

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Minecraft on consoles will be getting a large, free update and a premium Chinese Mythology Mash-Up pack on Oct. 4, Mojang announced this weekend at Minecon 2016.

The update will add seven new building blocks, new terrain generation features (including fossils buried underground), polar bears in snowy biomes, banners (pictured below) and a new plant, beetroots, which can be crafted into a soup with restorative properties.

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The Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack (trailer above), for $4.99, adds 41 new skins, plus an intricately crafted world based on the lore of the Far East. It also includes a map for the Battle Mini Game that Minecraft released back in June, and will feature ancient cities to explore and more than a few dragons.

Both launch on Xbox One, and Wii U in North America, on Oct. 4, and on all other consoles and in all other regions the day after.