Microsoft and Mojang have announced that the expected Minecraft Bedrock update will debut in Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition on June 21st. The owners of the game on the hybrid console will receive the update completely free.
Thanks to Minecraft Bedrock, already launched on other platforms several months ago in the update of Better Together, the owners of Minecraft for Nintendo Switch will be able to play together with users of Xbox One, PC, Android, iOS, and VR. Cross-play, on the other hand, is impossible with the PlayStation 4 due to Sony’s precise wishes.
Minecraft will, therefore, be the first Nintendo Switch game to offer cross-play support between Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, VR devices, Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. The Minecraft universe will, therefore, be unified on practically all platforms. Phil Spencer said the following:
“Bringing the definitive version of Minecraft to Nintendo Switch is a huge step forward in our journey to unite Minecraft players across any device. We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to bring an amazing experience to the Nintendo Switch system’s dynamic and rapidly-growing ecosystem and couldn’t be more excited to deliver what Minecraft players have been asking for.”
This new version will support the Xbox Live Achievements and the Minecraft Marketplace, through which you can purchase maps, skins and texture packs created by the community using Minecoin in-game currency.
Players will also have access to the mini-games and game modes of the community servers. Minecraft, in essence, is now a single large ecosystem, everything is shared between the various devices.
For the occasion, a new edition of the game will be published called Minecraft: Bedrock Edition at a price of $29.99, both in physical and digital format. It will include the basic game, the Bedrock update with all the news described above, all the DLC and even the exclusive content previously released, such as the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.