What you need to know

  • Minecraft is getting a free "Deep Sea Mash-up Pack" starting today.
  • You have to play the game between now and June 3 to automatically earn it.
  • It's only available on "Bedrock" platforms so PlayStation 4 players don't qualify.

Minecraft has become a cultural sensation over the years and now reaches over 90 million gamers every month. Mojang has released a number of updates which have added tremendous depth to the experience. That includes a lot of free content like skin packs.

Today, the team announced that the "Deep Sea Mash-up Pack" is free until June 3. This mostly features a new map to explore and skins. The studio said the following in its announcement.

Right in time for summer, we're giving away a fabulous map to help you explore the depths of the oceans – for free! If you've had your eye on Cyclone Designs' Deep Sea Mash-Up but haven't taken the plunge yet, there's no better time to dive into Minecraft and explore than this weekend. Just log in with your Microsoft account and play Minecraft any time from May 31...June 3...and earn the Deep Sea Mash-up Pack for free! That's all you have to do, we'll handle the rest. You can earn one map per person, and your free map will be accessible approximately a week after in your account in the Minecraft Marketplace.

It seems that this promotion only applies to Minecraft on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and Gear VR. Since Sony still hasn't adopted the "Bedrock" edition of the game, PlayStation 4 players are out of luck.

You can purchase Minecraft through each of these platforms' stores, but if you're on Xbox One, it's available with Xbox Game Pass. You just have to subscribe for $10 a month and you'll be given immediate access to the game as well as over a hundred titles.

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