After 4J Studios announced that they will be skipping E3 this year so that they could continue working on the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft, the developer teased fans that they might still see the new next-gen versions of the hit sandbox creation title during the event by hinting Microsoft could be showing the Xbox One version of the game themselves. Microsoft Studios’ Roger Carpenter, who serves as the lead producer for Minecraft on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, confirmed on June 8 that he will indeed be presenting Minecraft: Xbox One Edition during one a Microsoft conference at E3 this week.
The Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft were originally expected to release alongside the new platforms last year as launch titles. However, 4J Studios decided to delay the games so that they could have more time to work on all versions of the block-building title. At the time, the Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft had yet to release and the developer felt it was more important to get the game out on both last-gen consoles before worrying about their counterparts on newer hardware.
In a move that’s sure to please existing owners of Minecraft, fans can opt to digitally upgrade their current console versions of Minecraft to next-gen playtforms for only $5. Those who haven’t yet picked up the game on home consoles can buy the Xbox One and PS4 editions for $20. Additionally, gamers will be able to import their save files from the last-gen Minecraft titles so that they can continue playing inside the same game world right where they left off.
Minecraft will launch on Xbox One and PS4 later this summer. Also releasing in August is the PS Vita edition of the game which will feature cross-buy support with the PS3 version of Minecraft.
Update: Shortly after the start of E3, Roger Capenter tweeted an image along with the message that the Xbox One edition of Minecraft officially running on the show floor. Additionally, the first DLC add-on for the Xbox One version of the game was announced as Skin Pack 6 is now officially heading to the Xbox One.