While the new-gen editions of Minecraft are scheduled to launch this month on the Xbox One and Playstation 4, developer 4J Studios still plans to continue to support the game’s last-gen versions with frequent updates. Reassuring fans that they shouldn’t have any fears that the older platforms will become neglected, Microsoft Studios’ Roger Carpenter announced on Aug 1 that there will still be regular support given to the Xbox 360 version of the game even after the new editions have launched.
In fact, when the upcoming Minecraft ports release on the new platforms, they will have the same update build that can currently be found on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Moving forward, 4J Studios plans to develop future updates for all versions of the game at the same time.
Carpenter, who has been the lead producer on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions of the game, wanted to impress upon fans that they have no intentions to stop working on the last-gen titles simply because the popular title was being released on new systems. One version of Minecraft isn’t supposed to take precedence over any other edition of the game either new or old. The idea is to make sure that gamers have access to Minecraft regardless of what platform they own.
Players have the opportunity to digitally upgrade their last-gen editions of Minecraft to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 in addition to the ability to import their existing save files to the new-gen platforms. As such, it’s in the developer’s best interest to continue supporting the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game in order to encourage future conversions to newer systems.
Minecraft is now available to console owners on both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Later this month, the title is also expected to launch on the Xbox One and PS4 as well as the PS Vita.