Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions Will Combine Into One Game Tomorrow
For a while now, Minecraft players would have to choose between the Java and Bedrock editions of the game, depending on their needs. While they were essentially the same, there was a difference in formatting, depending on which third party apps or mods could be integrated. They were two separate games which you'd have to pay for separately too. However, Mojang's latest announcement has changed that.
As of tomorrow, the two versions will combine into the Minecraft Java & Bedrock Edition. This edition will incorporate both versions under a single title. Existing customers will see their version get updated to include the other version.
"Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC will bring the two games together in one purchase – I guess the rest of Mojang Studios also shares my opinion on this dream duo," said the announcement by Mojang and Microsoft. "As its name suggests, this package gives you both editions in one purchase, and it will become the standard and only offering of vanilla Minecraft on Windows PC. Of course, you will be able to cross-play with either Java or Bedrock players by launching whichever edition your friends are playing – but not at the same time, mind you."
Players will now have access to both editions, although they will still be different games. The difference will be that you won't have to pay twice to own both of them.
"To be clear, Java and Bedrock will remain separate games with their own distinctive features," explained Mojang. The only difference is that now you get both by default when buying Minecraft for your Windows PC, and access them both from the same launcher. Ridiculously indecisive Windows gamers, rejoice! You now have one less choice to make."
Considering that they're different games on a formatting level, there's no real way that Mojang could combine them without something or the other breaking apart. But this way, the studio can ensure that loyal players get to experience every facet of Minecraft without having to play double the price. In their own words, "We tried that and now part of our office is in a time warp."
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