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‘Minecraft’ fails to pass PS4 cert test, rejoins Xbox One port in development

Minecraft: PS4 Edition
Minecraft: PS4 Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

After recently submitting the Playstation 4 edition of Minecraft to Sony in order to begin the final certification process, the game has now been sent back to 4J Studios who will have to do additional work on the game since the new-gen version of the popular sandbox creation title has failed to pass Sony’s tests. The developer confirmed on Aug. 20 that Minecraft: PS4 Edition has been kicked back due to issues that Sony discovered during the certification test.

As a result, 4J Studios will now have to send the game back to development in order to fix the bugs. Once all of the known issues have been addressed, the PS4 edition of Minecraft will then have to be resubmitted to Sony to start the process all over again.

The developer revealed that the upcoming Xbox One and PS Vita editions of Minecraft still needed more work to remove bugs after Minecraft’s PS4 version was first submitted for certification. Apparently, the Playstation 4 port also required the additional time and the developer once again has to prepare all three versions for release.

The PS4, Xbox One, and PS Vita editions of Minecraft are all scheduled to launch this month. With none of the versions even ready to be submitted for certification at this point, it is unknown if the new ports of the block-building title are still expected to make their August release date. However, 4J Studios has not yet made any official announcement about a potential delay.

Before any title is allowed to be on Xbox Live or the Playstation Network, the game must pass certification tests to make sure that they meet certain requirements. Both Sony and Microsoft conduct their own independent test which explains why they have different schedules. This process is the final step before a game ultimately releases. If a title fails these tests, as the PS4 version of Minecraft did, then all issues that were uncovered must be fixed before the developer is allowed to resubmit the title for certification a second time.