The creative building game Minecraft has been crafting a bridge to current-generation consoles for awhile, and that wait will be over for Xbox One users soon. The game has already gained millions of players on home console, PC and mobile platforms with its procedurally-generated world, enemies and resources. Several updates on everything from differing skins for the world and main character to installing entirely new zones are also coming to the current-generation console versions.
Release details have come from Microsoft that securely fasten the Xbox One version of the game to be released Sept. 5 of this year, giving gamers only a couple of days wait. Many of the features will remain consistent between the older and newer versions, but there will be some additions worth noting. 4J Studios, the developer behind the console version of Minecraft, originally tampered expectations by saying the “infinite worlds” of PC versions would not make their way to home consoles. That being said, the company still measures that both Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be 36-times the size of previous iterations.
Some other new features include a cross-buy system between the console generations. Saved files from Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 versions of the game will be carried over to Xbox One and Playstation 4 copies, respectively. There will also be a steep discount for those that have purchased the game and import their save files. That discount will have players paying $4.99 for the upgraded version while those just playing on Playstation 4 or Xbox One will have to pay $19.99 to grab the title.
Minecraft may not just be crafting a bridge to Xbox One this week. According to the official Twitter account of Playstation France, the digital version will be arriving Sept. 3 for the European market. A translation of the tweet said there was no date for the physical version as of yet, but that the digital version is to arrive today. A North America release date has also not been announced in either the digital or physical market.
Xbox One owners will see the results of every update game-maker Mojang has added to the pixellated paradise. That list of updates now includes the newest addition called the Bountiful Update, which brings the game to version 1.8 and adds a long list of features. Among the huge upgrade is the inclusion of several new types of resources—granite and diorite as examples—and some added activity to the randomized villagers, giving them the ability to harvest crops and plant new ones. A world barrier is also added to prevent “end-of-the-world” deaths, and the ghostly Herobrine has been removed, again. A full list of what the update adds is available on the Mojang website.
The Xbox One crafting of Minecraft looks to build bridges between two generations of players. Mojang’s game randomly generates every factor of a world with no two biomes ever being alike, except with the use of a world seed that spawns a particular world as much as desired. The game is also scheduled to come to Playstation Vita and rumored for other systems that have not seen the Minecraft effect such as the Wii U and Oculus Rift platform.
By Myles Gann