The sandbox block building game, Minecraft, will make its long-anticipated next generation debut on the Xbox One this Friday, September 5th, according to an update published at 9PM last night on Microsoft’s Xbox website.
The update goes on to describe the next generation version of the game, stating it will feature worlds up to thirty-six times larger than those of the Xbox 360 version.
Players looking to upgrade from their Xbox 360 versions of the game can expect to pay $4.99 USD, while new comers can download the full game for $19.99 USD. Content from the Xbox 360 version of the game will carry over to the Xbox One, as well, however, Mojang’s website notes that most, not all, DLC skins and texture packs that you’ve purchased will be available to transfer due to licensing deals.
There is no word yet on a release date for the Playstation 4 and Vita versions of the game. Last month, 4J Studios, the developer of console editions of Minecraft, tweeted that the game had been sent to Sony for certification, however the game failed certification. On the 26th of last month, 4J tweeted that the game had been sent back to Sony for final testing.
Although there as been no information since, we can assume that the PlayStation 4 release is imminent, as it was widely reported around the internet yesterday that Minecraft had appeared briefly on the Playstation Store’s mobile storefront before being removed.
[UPDATE: Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan tweeted earlier today, just as this article went live, that the PlayStation 4 version of the game could go live as early as tonight.]