The announcement of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition at Minecon 2015 on Saturday caused some controversy among fans of the games. So much so that one of Mojang’s developers for the Pocket Edition version of the game felt it necessary to issue some clarifying statements hours.
“This version IS pocket edition. It’s based on PE, it’s C++, and we mean to keep it on par forever. It is NOT another version of Minecraft!” Mojang developer Tomasso Checchi wrote on Reddit.
“Also, we’re aiming for feature parity! We won’t have mods for now, but the important thing is that you know it.”
He also confirmed some of the unique features that will come with Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition such as support for controllers and Xbox LIVE.
“Also, both PE and Win10 support all controllers,” he added before explaining how Xbox LIVE comes into play.
“Xbox Live is not required. It’s compatible, but the 7 people limit is only there because it’s PE!” Checchi explained. “It’s just that there isn’t a dedicated server right now.”
Checchi echoed these clarifications via his Twitter account, but also added the following.
That means that MCPE is going to get a lot of features, and that Win10 and MCPE players will be able to play together :)
— Tommaso Checchi (@_tomcc) July 4, 2015
These comments put together make it sound like dedicated servers are coming eventually to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition along with mods and other features.
The Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta will be available alongside the launch of Windows 10 on July 29. The game will be free to existing owners of the PC version of Minecraft and will cost $10 for those that haven’t purchased the game. It will run on PCs and devices with Windows 10 on it.
Minecraft for the PC as well as the PlayStation and Xbox editions will still continue development. If or when Microsoft and Mojang will merge all of these different editions of the game into a single version remains to be seen.
For now, this is what s guaranteed.
- 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.
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