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Later this summer the open-world building game Minecraft will finally make its PS4 debut. Mojang gave PlayStation Nation a glimpse at the PS4 version with a new trailer.
The trailer shows iconic PlayStation characters like Ratchet, Clank and Kratos frolicking through the game. Ellie from Last of Us and a wanderer from Journey also make appearances. The group battles zombies and discover a giant PS4.
These skins were released for the PS3 version of Minecraft as part of Skin Pack 2 last month. This skin pack and other PlayStation-exclusive DLC will be released for PS4 after launch.
Minecraft on PS4 will keep the same blocky graphics that the game has become known for. However, it will make a few technical enhancements. The draw distance has been increased substantially. Furthermore, players can make PS4 worlds that are 36 times larger than their PS3 worlds.
"The clever devs at 4J are also taking advantage of Dualshock 4′s unique features," says Mojang's Owen Hill on PlayStation Blog. "You’ll be able to navigate all the menus (and craft) by using the touchpad and, of course, share and stream your experiences thanks to PS4′s built-in social thingymabobs. It’s all completely optional, so don’t worry if you’re not keen on moving your thumbs or showing off your skills."
Minecraft on PS4 supports online multiplayer for up to eight. If you prefer local multiplayer, you can team up with three friends on the same console.
As previously announced, PS3 worlds can be imported into the PS4 version. Importing from PS4 to PS3 isn't possible, though, due to the larger world sizes allowed by PS4. While some DLC packs purchased on PS3 can be carried over to the newer console, this isn't universal. Select add-ons are restricted to the PS3 due to licensing agreements.
The PS4 version of Minecraft will cost $20 to download. However, if you own the PS3 version, Mojang will knock off $15 from that price.
Minecraft will launch on PS4 in August. It'll be accompanied by PS Vita and Xbox One versions. These new ports should cause the total sales of the game to shoot well past the current total of around 40 million.
"I don’t think anyone at Mojang is entirely sure why Minecraft has been quite so successful over the past few years, but all of us have experienced the fun of playing and witnessed it capture the imagination of spectators and backseat gamers, no matter their age or gender," Hill said. "We look forward to sharing those experiences with lots more of you this August."
Are you excited for Minecraft on PS4?