The PlayStation Blog has made the official release date for Minecraft on the PS Vita public today. The post proudly proclaims that the wait is over for those who have been waiting so patiently for the North America release date. Minecraft for the PS Vita will hit the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, October 14 for $19.99, with the retail version releasing on the November 11 for the same price.
Owners of Minecraft for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 are also getting some added bonuses in the way of discounts and free copies of the game. The PlayStation Blog post breaks down the details as follows.
About to purchase PS Vita Edition (PS Store) from 10/14
On your PS3 or PS Vita, purchase Minecraft PS Vita Edition for $19.99. Once you have made the purchase, you’ll be able to download the PS3 Edition for free and upgrade to PS4 Edition for $4.99.
About to purchase PS Vita Edition (Retail) from 11/11
On your PS3 or PS Vita, enter the pack-in voucher code through PS Store and you’ll be able to download the PS Vita and PS3 Editions digitally, and upgrade to the PS4 Edition for $4.99.
Existing PS3 Edition Owners (Disc or Digital)
On your PS3 or PS Vita, simply log into PlayStation Store and find Minecraft PS Vita Edition and you’ll be able to download it for free.
Existing PS4 Edition Owners (Disc or Digital)
Only the PS3 and PS Vita Editions are eligible for the cross-buy offer.
Minecraft for the PS Vita was given a European release date for October 15, 2014 as the Inquisitrreported previously.
The release makes good on the promise of Xbox head Phil Spencer, who promised that even with Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft parent studio Mojang, development for platforms such as the Sony PlayStation Vita and Apple’s iOS platform would remain unaffected.
Microsoft purchased developer Mojang for $2.5 billion in September. The deal also brings an end to Minecraft’s creator Markus Persson’s, or “Notch”, tenure at the studio. He announced that he will be departing from the company he helped found in order to pursue his passion of developing smaller concepts.
Minecraft for the PS Vita releasing on October 15 will be the final console port of the game for the foreseeable future. As of June 25, 2014 more than 12 million copies of Minecraft have been sold on the Xbox 360 alone, with 54 million sold across all platforms.
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