When Microsoft acquired Mojang for $2 billion, there was always a wonder as to what this would mean in the grand scheme of things. Could we expect a new Minecraft for example?
At MineCon, which is happening in London right now, Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta was announced. Mojang are claiming this is a "whole new version" of the game and is a lot more than just a port. If you already own the game on a Windows PC, it will be free when you upgrade to Windows 10. If you don't have it already though, you will be able to pick it up for $10 while the Beta runs.
This version, which is built off the Pocket version of the game, is going to include:
- 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.
As someone who doesn't keep up with the Minecraft community, it's hard to say how substantial this is. Mojangare saying this is a whole new version, and it seems to have some neat features. It obviously isn't MineCraft 2, but perhaps it is 1.5? We will see when it launches July 29th.