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Update: ‘Minecraft’ dev talks PS4 release date and PS3 save transfers

Minecraft: PS3 Edition
Minecraft: PS3 Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Fans looking forward to playing Minecraft on the Playstation 4 or Xbox One are getting closer to seeing their wishes granted after Mojang’s Owen Hill recently discussed the upcoming PS4 edition of Minecraft. Taking the time to go through several fan questions on the Playstation Blog, Hill touched on some interesting topics about the new generation versions of the sandbox creation title such as the currently expected release window according to a report by CVG on April 23.

While many of the questions were asked last week after 4J Studios announced the upcoming physical retail disc release of Minecraft: PS3 Edition, Hill didn’t get a chance to offer a reply until this week as he was on vacation. His return, following his willingness to comment on the player inquiries, has resulted in lots of new details on the PS4 version of Minecraft that is currently in development.

First up, Minecraft: PS4 Edition is currently expected to release as early by the second quarter of 2014 and that Mojang doesn’t want it to launch any later than quarter three. Additionally, the current plan is to allow players to be able to import their PS3 world saves into the Playstation 4 edition of the game. Both Microsoft and 4J Studios have gone back in forth on whether this feature will be available for the Xbox One edition of Minecraft, but it appears that owners of the Sony consoles will be able to benefit from save transfers.

Updated versions of Minecraft were originally expected to release alongside the launch of the Xbox One and PS4. However, 4J Studios decided to delay the new generation editions of the game so that they could focus on launching the game on the Playstation 3 first. Minecraft: PS3 Edition successfully released last December yet players are still waiting for the game to hit the new systems. Now it looks like the games are back on track after a release window has been established. It is likely that the Xbox One version of the game will launch alongside the PS4 edition.

Update: Hill also commented on the upcoming PS Vita version of Minecraft. As reported by Gamespot on April 24, it was revealed that Sony’s handheld version of the game will be extremely similar to the one that currently exists on the PS3. Mojang also plans to discuss possible crossbuy and crossplay options for the game in the future.