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Update provided on ‘Minecraft’s’ upcoming Xbox One release date from Xbox head

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

It looks like the 4J Studios developed Xbox One edition of Minecraft is getting close to completion after the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division Phil Spencer recently provided an update on the release of the upcoming game. According to a report by Gamespot on May 5, Spencer revealed that Microsoft and Mojang are very close to setting a release date for the launch of the game on the new generation of consoles.

This isn’t’ the only update that Spencer has recently announced regarding Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. It wasn’t long ago when the Xbox boss finally confirmed that players will indeed be able to import their save files from the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft to the Xbox One edition so that they may continue playing in the same game world.

4J Studios admitted from the start that they wanted to allow save imports but it wasn’t clear if it would even be technically possible. Spencer himself stated that they had gone back and forth on whether the option to transfer saves across console generations would be a feature for the Xbox One version of Minecraft.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition was supposed to be a launch title for the new system when it was originally announced last year. However, 4J Studios opted instead to focus on the release of the PS3 version of the game. As such, the next-gen editions of Minecraft were delayed for both the Xbox One and PS4 so that the developer could have more time to work on all of the various console versions without having to rush anything.

The first Minecraft game to release on home consoles came first to the Xbox 360. Late last year, PS3 owners also received access to the popular block-building game. 4J Studios is also currently developing version of the game for release on Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita later this year.