4J Studios revealed some bad news Wednesday for Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition that likely affects the Xbox One Edition as well. Those hoping the open-world sandbox game would be out by the end of August release date will need to shift their expectations to September.
Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition was submitted to Sony for certification just last Tuesday, August 12. Developer 4J Studios revealed the following on Twitter.
Sony found some issues we have to fix in their final test of #MinecraftPS4 :( We're fixing, but we need to go through the process again.This assuredly pushes the release of Minecraft for the Playstation 4 to September. 4J Studios will need time to fix whatever issue caused the game to fail certification and then resubmit it again. That will likely be a two week process again, which definitely makes an August release seem unlikely. Meanwhile, it doesn't look like Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or PS Vita Edition will make the August release either. 4J Studios released the following Tweet over the weekend with no follow-up that either game has been sent to certification with Microsoft or Sony.
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) August 20, 2014
500k followers! If we weren't busy bug fixing, we'd probably celebrate!The certification failure of Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition puts additional work on 4J Studios to not only fix the issue but make sure that it is not present in the other two versions as well. That means Xbox One owners and PS Vita owners shouldn't expect to see Minecraft before the end of the month either.
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) August 17, 2014
Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will support worlds that are 36 times larger than the PS3 Edition and Xbox 360 Edition. They will also support transferring worlds to the new editions. Increased multiplayer size and the ability to increase transferred world sizes will have to wait for an update, however.
Existing Xbox 360 and PS3 owners of Minecraft can upgrade to the next-gen console version for $5. If you have already purchased or plan to purchase Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition, you will receive Minecraft: PS Vita Edition for free. Minecraft creator Mojang also recently teased the possibility of custom servers so console players can run persistent worlds even when they are not playing.
Existing skin packs and texture packs will carry over to Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition, Minecraft: PS Vita Edition, and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. The exception is the Marvel skin packs due to licensing rights.
Updates for the Minecraft will continue for all platforms once the PS4 Edition, Xbox One Edition, and PS Vita Edition are released starting with update TU 17 / 1.07. Horses, Wither bosses, and Hoppers have all been teased for future updates, we just don't know which one yet.
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