Microsoft and Mojang have taken MineCon time to announce a version of Minecraft will be made for Microsoft’s new OS called Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will not replace the existing PC version of the game but it will leverage features that the new OS brings including in game recording, on the fly switching between controller, touchscreen and mouse and keyboard control methods and Xbox Live integration.
The Windows 10 version will also include feature enhancements that Mojang have been making like the games weather system that has snow accumulation among other things.
Matt Booty, General Manager of Minecraft based in Microsoft HQ in Redmond Washington said that this version of the game is “work in progress” stating that “We want the community involvement on shaping the game and where we should take it.”
The game will be free to PC owners who already own the current game or $10 for new players.
We’re very much going into this as invited guests more than anything else. It’s a community and player driven event. We want to show up and listen and be inspired by all the players and the community.
Booty also commented on the impressive showing at E3 where Minecraft was used to show HoloLens potential
The HoloLens was a great example of how Microsoft and Minecraft can work together, and be bigger than the sum of the two
A Beta of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be available the day Windows 10 rolls out, 29th July.