4J Studios recently announced that they are shifting their attention to work on launching the Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft. Further verifying the developer’s commitment to release the sandbox title on new generation systems, a report by The Fuse Joplin on May 4 discovered that retail giant Walmart now has a listing for Minecraft: Xbox One Edition which states that the game is currently scheduled for release this December.
While the Walmart product page for the upcoming Xbox One version of Minecraft does actually specify that the game will release in December, it is likely that the retailer has decided to put up a place holder webpage to be prepared for when an actual release date is specifically set. This is a common practice, but the face that they have it dated to still release this year does mean that the game’s launch on Xbox One is likely to happen by the end of 2014.
The most recent statements from Mojang’s Owen Hill were that they were hoping to launch the new-gen editions of Minecraft in either the second or third quarter of 2014. Developer 4J Studio will be bringing the title to the Xbox One and PS4. They are the same team responsible for porting the PC title to the Xbox 360 and PS3 so the game is in good hands.
After months of speculation Microsoft’s Phil Spencer recently confirmed that gamers will be able to import their world saves from Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition into the upcoming Xbox One version of the game in order to continue right where they left off. It is assumed that PS3 players will be able to perform a similar save import when the game eventually releases on the Playstation 4.
Minecraft on Xbox One and PS4 was originally intended to be launch titles for the new platforms, but they were delayed so that 4J Studios could have more time to work on all of the various console versions of the game. The developer continues work on the next-gen editions of Minecraft but now release date has currently been set for their release. However, evidence continues to point towards a 2014 launch.