Development of the upcoming Xbox One version of Minecraft is entering its final stages according Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer. According to a report by IGN on March 28, Spencer confirmed that 4J Studios is “getting really close” to releasing the game on the next-gen console.
While Microsoft would obviously want the a title as popular as Minecraft to be available on the Xbox One as soon as possible, Spencer confirmed that they aren’t pressuring 4J Studios to rush the process. He revealed, with the following statement about the studio, that Microsoft plans to give the developer all the time they need to make the best product possible.
They feel really good about the progress that they’re making. It’s their game, and it’d be Mojang’s game. We graciously host it on our platform.
Spencer also admitted that the developer has an advantage on bringing Minecraft to Xbox One that they didn’t have when they were working on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. The simple fact that the studio has now launched two successful console ports of the popular block-building title gives them lots of experience to draw upon that helps speed up development times.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition was originally intended to release as an Xbox One launch title but was pushed back in allow more time for polish as well as give 4J Studios an opportunity to finish up the PS3 version of the game which was released last December.