Microsoft and Mojang Announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, Free For The Regular PC Version Owners
Minecon 2015 was the right occasion for Microsoft and Mojang to announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, the new version of the game specifically designed to support all the OS' exclusive features. It's a great news for everyone joining the new operative system from Microsoft with an eye on the world of gaming.
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will have a Beta starting on July 29, the same day the OS launches worldwide, and will be free for those who already own the standard PC version of Minecraft (that's a twenty million installed base). In case you're a newcomer to the franchise, Windows 10 Edition will only cost $10 on the Windows Store.
Let's take a look at the features of this Edition, as detailed by Mojang and Microsoft:
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.
Mojang has already confirmed there won't be any difference in treatment for PC and Windows 10 Editions, as both the releases will be regularly supported going forward.
This move surely doesn't come as a surprise: Microsoft bought the Minecraft developer in a $2.5 billion deal last year, so it is obvious there will be a growing support for Windows and Xbox platforms. A new version is supposed to be in development for Windows Phone, too.