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4J Studios’ next ‘Minecraft’ Xbox One, PS4 announcement will cover certification

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

As 4J Studios has stated many times, the developer is currently removing bugs from the upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft in preparation of their launch later this month. Hinting that the new-gen ports of the popular block-filled title are still on track to meet their expected August release date, 4J Studios recently began talking about sending the game to undergo both Microsoft and Sony’s certification test for the first time. In fact, the developer revealed on Aug 1 that the next announcement about the new Minecraft editions will come when they are ready for certification.

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Before any content is allowed to be available on either Xbox Live Arcade or the Playstation Network, the game must pass a series of certification tests from Microsoft and Sony to ensure that it meets all standards and requirements to appear on the first party services. Naturally, this means that the final step that any title must undertake is certification testing as the process requires a finished version of the game.

News that 4J Studios is now discussing the cert process for the Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft reveals that the new ports of the game are nearing completion. Now that the developer has confirmed that the next announcement for new-gen titles will be that certification has begun, fans should expect for the game to meet its projected Augusts launch date. Both Microsoft and Sony have their own teams dedicated to the certification process and games must successfully complete different tests for each system independently.

Minecraft is currently available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 as well as iOS and Android devices. This month’s releases will also bring the game to the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and the PS Vita. The new-gen editions of Minecraft will feature larger world sizes and improved draw distances over what can currently be found on last-gen consoles.