According to the announcement, the beta Minecraft Windows 10 Edition will be available for the platform when it launches worldwide on July 29th. The game is also available on a variety of other platforms, including Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS Vita. The game is also available for previous Windows versions starting with XP, but the new edition will be optimized for Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.
The Windows 10 edition will be different from the normal PC one by adding additional features which are made to blend in with Windows 10 functionality. For example, it now includes the possibility to swap the controlling method between touchscreen, keyboard/mouse and controller. It supports Xbox Live online play and adds it to the Pocket Edition, and it will also have in-built recording and social media support.
This edition of the game will come as a free upgrade for those who already own the PC version. For those who do not, the beta will cost $10, which will also give them access to future updates and most probably to a full release.
Mojang has also shed some more light on the upcoming Minecraft: Story Mode, which will be released sometime this year and is developed in partnership with Telltale Games, developers of popular episodic adventure series based on IPs such as The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us or A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.
The new Minecraft game will be similar to those and will follow the same episodic approach as other Telltale games. Characters will be humans playing the game, probably pointing towards a fourth wall breaking approach to the Minecraft universe.
“We wanted a story that evoked the classic film stories that we were passionate about.The movies we grew up with, the two tentpoles we called out were Goonies and Ghostbusters… movies that they just don’t make any more, not like that” said Telltale’s John Stauffer.
The game was also announced as aiming for a PEGI-12 rating. Mojang and Telltale have said that there are big chances the first episode of the series will be released this year.
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