It looks like the Minecraft community could become more connected than ever if the team at Mojang can work a little tech magic. It turns out they’re trying to make it so the game supports cross-platform play.
This news comes from the folks at IGN, who had a chat with Mojang team members during the ongoing Gamescom event in Germany.
Speaking with CEO Jonas Martensson, IGN learned that the latest edition of Minecraft’s code allows for players to interact with the game via OG keyboard and mouse, a touchscreen, as well as an Xbox One controller.
What sounds like clever thinking to allow for multiple inputs was actually designed with more revolutionary implications in mind. Once the upcoming Windows 10 version of Minecraft launches, folks playing on the PC will eventually have the ability to play along with the Pocket Edition crowd, too. Xbox platform versions of the game are planned to eventually join this more inclusive Minecraft party, too.
According to IGN, this information came during a Microsoft event, hence no mention of Sony platforms. In other words, there’s no way of knowing right now if the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 versions of Minecraft will be able to get in on the cross-platform play.
Honestly, since Mojang is now under the Microsoft umbrella and all, I would totally understand if PlayStation gamers were left out in the cold on this one. Then again, wouldn’t that be an unexpectedly forward thinking, kinda-super-rad move on Microsoft’s part to open up the gates for such connectivity? It’s not the kind of functionality likely to sale copies of a game on one platform or another, much less spur on sales of the platforms themselves. Giving Xbox and PlayStaiton gamers their first chance to play together, especially in a game that’s all about creation over competition, could build some strong good will for a publisher that’s having to play a bit of catch up this console generation.
Even if PlayStation versions of Minecraft aren’t brought into the fold, this is still pretty great news for the Xbox, PC and mobile crowd, and that goes double (or triple) if you play the game on multiple platforms. Not only would you be able to carry over your content, but you’d suddenly be able to do things like play with your PC buddies via tablet while on vacation.
While Minecraft has managed to capture the imagination of countless payers and creators for many years now, it’s ideas like this that make a convincing argument for the build-it-yourself adventure game sticking around for quite some time to come.