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I have recently gotten a lot of tweets about Minecraft – Pocket Edition (you know, Minecraft for iOS/Android) and I will try to explain to you guys what we are doing and how we are going to move forward.

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Dec 6th, 2011


I have recently gotten a lot of tweets about Minecraft – Pocket Edition (you know, Minecraft for iOS/Android) and I will try to explain to you guys what we are doing and how we are going to move forward.

A lot of people have been asking what we were doing after the first initial Android release and why they haven't gotten more updates. Well, after the first initial launch of the Android version Aron started to port the game to iOS. We just wanted to make sure that the iOS version was on par with the Android version before continuing the work, since it is quite complicated to deal with different versions with different features. We have one small bug fix update that is waiting for iOS that is already out on the Android. So lets move on.

The plan now is to start digging into making Minecraft – Pocket Edition with Survival features!! Please note that we will NOT replicate Minecraft and try to bring all the features that are already out. This is not possible and does not match the touch platform. I'm trying to be as detailed as possible to show you why some stuff may take some time.

This is what the plan looks like right now and being worked on:

* A new file system – to make sure we can support items and mobs in the world
* Item system – to be able to pick up items
* Crafting – we know you want this :) This will probably need some iterations since the interface will be customized for the touch devices
* Inventory system
* Mobs – animals and enemies!
* Optimizing rendering code – we are experimenting with caves but need to make it work better before we are able to release it
* Clean up of code and overall optimization

Please note that we don't have any dates set yet. Also, please make sure you update your phone/pods to the latest version of your operating system for best compatibility.

Also, we're planning to change the account systems for our games.

In the beginning there was Minecraft, but it wasn't long after we started talking about Scrolls (and later Cobalt) that we realized we wanted players to be able to use the same credentials for all games, and this is where we currently are headed.

The idea is that you use this Mojang account (where the username would be your e-mail address) to sign in to Minecraft, to Scrolls and to Cobalt. After that you would proceed to choosing which profile you'd like to play as—for Minecraft this would correspond to today's accounts (premium status, display name, skin etc).

The reason for this change is first and foremost to keep things simple for players who wish to play our other games, or to have several Minecraft accounts under the same roof. And oh, we won't just shove over the almost 18 million (!) current Minecraft accounts to the new system but you'll have to opt in, at least for this point in time.

We are planning on rolling out the service with Cobalt some time this month and then fully integrate it with Minecraft early next year.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback I'd love to hear from you in this reddit thread.

Stay cool!

(Mojang blog links #1 #2)

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Dec 6 2011 says:

GDI. that private post button is so small.

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NeighborlyNinja Dec 6 2011 says:

Does that last bit mean I won't have to purchase Minecraft pocket edition if I already have a PC account? That'd be pretty sweet.

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The_Silver Dec 7 2011 replied:

Yeah if you buyed Minecraft in Alpha stage you will get all future versions for free, according with what notch said. ;)

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griefmaster_00x1 Dec 7 2011 replied:

i bought it for 5,99 euros . can i have a ungame hat, like i got for buying tf2?

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CaptainLagfail Dec 8 2011 replied:

Bought pocket ed for €0.10

I agree legally and contractually that Mojang shot themselves in the foot with that line in the license agreement. Unfortunately for them, law is law. I don't mind paying the extra (even as an alpha buyer) as Mojang never intended to make a pocket version when that license agreement was written, but for those who do want the android / xbox360 version free... legally they're in the right to ask for it.


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like.dinosaurrrs Dec 7 2011 says:

Pocket Edition is 10 cents in my country atm, so it's not too much of an ask to buy it.

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griefmaster_00x1 Dec 7 2011 says:

wait, does it mean that ill be able to buy scrolls and cobalt through minecraft pocket and play on pc? because you know,i dont have a credit card and it was hard to buy minecraft through my parents (maybe make "paysafe" an option?)

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RoboTyphoon Dec 7 2011 says:

If it's not for the iPod/iPhone I don't care.

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Dec 7 2011 replied:

well, the PC has a MUCH bigger following. so, can't help you there.

but hey, if you really can't stand me reporting on news for the most popular and fleshed out version that's been on PC for about 2 years, be my guest to unwatch. because I literally cannot help here.

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architectts Dec 7 2011 says:

Hey, why don't you ask the GOOD questions like- I bought Minecraft on PC. Do I have to buy again on the Xbox 360 Version or will I be able to log into the same account for it like the pocket edition?

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why_me Dec 10 2011 replied:

Yeah, personaly i dont feel like buying the game over and over again

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