Hate travelling because it involves too many delays, terrible food, standing room only and, frankly, not enough Minecraft? Fans of the game can now take it with them wherever they go with the launch of the new Pocket Edition following a surprise announcement this morning.
The bite-size version of the game was announced back in May, and demoed at this year’s E3, Mojang has been coy about a firm release date. It seems the company doesn’t want to jinx things by revealing its hand ahead of time but simply release the games and the announcement simultaneously.
Minecraft has been one of the biggest success stories of indie gaming, and recently hit three million copies sold. The brainchild behind the game, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, is now a self-made millionaire.
Minecraft Pocket Edition is currently an exclusive for the Ericsson Xperia Play phone, but will be also released on to other Android devices in “the near future”. It sounds like it’ll be essentially a mini-me version of Big Daddy Minecraft PC, as the official line is, “We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience.”
There are 36 different types of blocks to build with in randomised worlds, and playing with others is encouraged via wireless – you and friends can collaborate together to build whatever you can imagine together. Mojang has promised frequent updates to the game to add new goodies.
It’s out right this second for $6.99 (£4.26). Unlike the original Minecraft, this price won’t rise as the game is updated. Get yours here.