*Update* Minecraft has finally been given a release date, read the latest story here.
The Xbox One is out along with its plethora of launch titles, but many people still want to know when the Xbox One edition of Minecraft will be released on the new consoles.
Well so far, no official release date has actually been announced. What has been promised however is that the game will ship within the ‘Xbox One Launch window’, which places it firmly in the November 2013 to March 2014 bracket. This unfortunately leaves us gleaning for rumor and speculation on a more solid date.
We suspect that the lack of information on the TU14 update for the Xbox 360 version is indicative that it is tied to the release of the Xbox One version. 4J Studios revealed earlier in the year that the new console versions would launch at the same update stage as current versions. What we also know is that 4J Studios are working hard to allow players to transfer their worlds from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, but as of November 15th, they merely stated “We’re working on ways to move Xbox 360 saves to Xbox One with Microsoft. Can’t say it’ll be there until it’s 100% working.” While we may just been reading into it, it could be that the studio are holding back until they can announce a release date and the good news of working transfers at the same time. Technical hitches in said department could be slowing the process down. Given the slow stream of news at present, its is highly likely the studio are working extra hard to get the game out early next year. With January usually being a very quiet time for game releases, we could see the Xbox One edition landing sometime in February.*
Unfortunately we don’t know at this stage whether skin, texture, and mashup packs will carry over or if they will need to be ‘repurchased’ like the rest of the game. While we hope that the DLC is licensed to player’s Gamertag and accessible on either machine, the fact that you will certainly have to buy Minecraft Xbox One edition regardless of owning other editions suggests otherwise. Along with much larger worlds, large Gamerscore and significantly improved loading times, the Xbox One edition will hopefully make use of the Cloud, allowing players to host and share worlds with friends. This has not been confirmed, but we’re hopeful nonetheless.
When we have more accurate news, we’ll let you know!
*UPDATE: As of March 27th 2014, the 14th Title Update for Minecraft Xbox360 and PS3 editions has rolled out, and it is likely that the next big project for the team will be delivering the Xbox One and PS4 versions. With that in mind and given the time of year, it is possible that the Xbox One edition will launch first, which has been characteristic of releases thus far, and that we would be very surprised to not see something by E3 2014 at the latest.