Minecraft gets retail release for Xbox 360
Microsoft has announced a retail release for the immensely popular Minecraft on 360...
Minecraft is already a legitimate phenomenon, having an enormous fan base on its original PC home, and it's also the best-selling game on Xbox Live. The world-building sandboxer should be known to anyone who's even glanced at a PC or Xbox, and it's one of the most addictive titles ever released. Period.
Well, Microsoft is keen to ensure that everyone gets a chance to play the construction kit wonder (as well as maximising the already extensive profits) and has announced that the game is to get a full retail release.
The disc-based version of the game will retail for $19.99 and will hit US stores on April 30. It will include all of the XBLA content, including the various updates, and will also incorporate the next patch, update nine, which will finally add some closure to the game's survival mode, bringing The End and the Ender Dragon into the Xbox 360 fold.
The retail game will also still receive the same future updates the DLC benefits from and will be compatible with the downloadable version, but aside from the physical disc, there's not really any extra benefit to simply downloading it from XBLA.
Sadly, there's no sign of a European release date at the time of writing, but the game will be arriving to Minecraft fans in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan, where it's set to release in June.
It may seem odd to release a game that's already been available for over a year on Xbox, and years elsewhere as a new retail unit, but all you need to remember is that this is Minecraft, and it's going to sell. Love it or hate it, Mojang's cash cow is here to stay for a long time to come.