Minecraft adds playable animals with free Frozen Planet II worlds

By Tom West,

Microsoft has announced a partnership with BBC Earth, which will see Minecraft: Education Edition feature five new worlds based on the Frozen Planet II series, and it's the first time you can play as an animal in the game.

Minecraft: Education Edition and Minecraft players can access the first of five free Frozen Planet II-inspired worlds today via the Minecraft Marketplace, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and BBC Earth. The worlds are designed to educate users about our frozen world by allowing them to play as various animals for the first time ever.

Minecraft players can play as animals for the first time


"The team at Mojang Studios believes it has a responsibility to use Minecraft to build a better world and inspire generations of game changers, especially around themes of global citizenship and sustainability," the press release reads. The Frozen Planet II content will include landscapes stylised around the frozen parts of our world, offering immersive landscapes to explore, all while learning about the effects of climate change.

This will be the first time we can embody an animal in Minecraft as well, with the Frozen Planet II content offering us the perspectives of penguins, polar bears, bumblebees, and more — this will help keep Minecraft on our list of best Xbox Game Pass games. Additionally, you'll have a chance to play around as a natural history film-making researcher tasked with documenting animal behaviour within the worlds. It's available in 29 languages and offers teachers lesson plans to help educate their students on the importance of our frozen regions.

“One of the great things about the natural world is its power to engage and enthral viewers young and old," frozen Planet II series producer Elizabeth White said. "We are delighted to partner with Minecraft on this range of educational computer games which will enable children to interact with stories inspired by the series through gameplay and learn more about the challenges of these habitats through the additional lesson content”.

Minecraft is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

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Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.