As Minecon continues to move forward and thousands of Minecraft fans are spending a Minecraft-filled weekend in London, Mojang made another huge announcement - Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, hitting Windows Store on July 29th. More info within…
Minecraft Windows 10 Edition will come out in a beta state alongside Windows 10 itself on July 29th, and will be free to all owners of the PC version of Minecraft, or 10$ during the beta period. It will be available via the Windows Store. This new version seems like a strange move, but seems to be Microsoft taking advantage of their purchase of Mojang and getting some synergy going between our beloved game, and their Windows product.
Mojang released a rather sparse list of features for Minecraft Windows 10 Edition:
- Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
- Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
- Multiple control schemes! Switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort!
- Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
- Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with our built player feedback mechanisms!
- Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you've come to expect from Minecraft.
… and a very unremarkable screenshot, that reveals almost nothing:
While it is unclear what role Minecraft Windows 10 Edition will have in the Minecraft cross-platform ecosystem, the feature-list includes cross-platform play with the pocket edition, with an added mention of playing with your Xbox Live friends. This means that this version will have content-parity with the Pocket Edition, and possibly the Xbox editions, should the “Xbox Live friends” part include friends playing on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This could mean that Mojang is working towards a future where all of the spin-off versions that aren't main Java-based PC Minecraft have content parity and cross-platform play, which would be very cool.
The main question on everybody's minds seems to be if this new version is intended to replace the good old Java version of Minecraft that started it all and has many advantages over all of the ports. If this is indeed the future of Minecraft, it is a very dark future as there is no mention of mod support anywhere. They do mention they will “take advantage of the advanced technology and gaming platform provided by Windows 10.”, which could mean a more stable Minecraft, but without mod support and all of the features currently in the Java versions, that's not a good trade-off.
Hopefully, Minecraft Windows 10 edition will be an alternative and not a replacement. We'll keep you posted as more concrete details emerge, so stay tuned for more.
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