After being delayed from its originally scheduled release in August, 4J Studios’ Xbox One edition will release later this week. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, better known to fans as Major Neslon, announced on Sept. 2 that the new-gen port of the popular block-building title has now officially passed certification and will finally launch this Friday.
Any content that fans may have picked up for the last-gen version of Minecraft will also transfer over to the Xbox One edition. Previously gamers were informed that only most of the DLC packs from the Xbox 360 version would also be available on the Xbox One. Clarifying the status of Minecraft add-ons for the Xbox One, producer Roger Carpenter revealed on Wednesday that every single existing DLC has now been confirmed to carry over to the new platform. Furthermore, fans that have previously purchased the content on the Xbox 360 will be able to re-download the DLC packs for no additional charge.
Those who currently own a copy of Minecraft on the Xbox 360 are also being offered several other incentives to make the move to the Xbox One version of the game. First and foremost, anyone with the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft will be able to digitally upgrade the game at a discounted price. While Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will carry a $20 price point upon release, existing owners will be able to switch to the new console’s version of the game for only $5.
In an effort to make the transition from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One edition of Minecraft as smooth for the customer as possible, players will also be able to import their current save files so that they may continue playing right where they left off. Future title updates are also planned to allow fans to expand the world size of their old saves to capitalize on the larger maps that the Xbox One can handle.