Minecraft for Xbox 360 pushed to spring 2012

Console version of Mojang's PC indie hit to be exclusive to Microsoft's hardware; playable version planned to be shown at MineCon fan convention next month.

At Microsoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing in June, the company announced a Kinect-enabled version of Mojang's PC indie hit Minecraft would be released for the Xbox 360 this winter. However, construction on the world-building Xbox Live Arcade title is taking longer than anticipated.

Minecraft XBLA is taking a bit longer than expected to forge.

Microsoft producer Stuart Platt posted on his Twitter account yesterday that the game is now slated for a spring 2012 release. As for a specific release date, Platt said that likely would not be revealed until next year.

The console version of Minecraft will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, with development of the port being handled by 4J Studios. The outfit has specialized in ports to Microsoft's console in recent years, having produced Xbox 360 editions of Rare's Nintendo 64 games, including Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, and Perfect Dark. 4J Studios also worked on 2007's well-received PlayStation 3 port of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Gamers hoping to try a playable Xbox 360 version of Minecraft should get a chance to do so next month at the inaugural MineCon convention. Held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from November 18-19, MineCon will coincide with the full launch of the PC version of Minecraft, which is technically still in beta.

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englishpick001
englishpick001

what day do it go out and how much do it cost in uk money

GhostofWar75
GhostofWar75

"There's my private garden......its all medicinal" lmao

uniiq
uniiq

Witcher 2 on xbox will be like COD on the Wii compared to \PC

tornado711
tornado711

this game is going to be awesome i dont care what people say it will be a hit and hopefully mojang will keep the game up to date with a ton of new stuff!!

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

So how exactly will private servers work over Live, if we are all on the same servers nothing will ever get built considering the huge amounts of griefers it would be chaos.

Bad_Gamers83
Bad_Gamers83

I'm looking forward to playing this. Also hoping that having ports of this will open the consoles up to more PC-centric sub-genres like MOBA, etc. Rant to come on that later.

Josephchrist863
Josephchrist863

All I care about is being able to play over Xbox Live with my friends. If it can do that then I would be a very happy fellow.

blackace
blackace

@Snaptrap I didn't think the 360 could run this game. ************************************************************** What!?!? The XBox 360 is getting Witcher 2. That alone should tell you something about the XBox 360's power. It runs most 3rd party games better then the PS3. I think the issue is probably converting it into the XBox Live network since everyone will be on the same servers.

Yams1980
Yams1980

this will be a money grab like most xbox live games. having to pay for the smallest dlc addons while the PC version is virtually free with almost unlimited possibilities of addons. hope im wrong and this comes with constant updates which don't cost a ton to get.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

@Blank2k2 The mods could be implemented in appended code by way of title updates to the xbox 360 and they could be enabled/disabled by toggled options akin to what was done with the mods for Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

These mods up here are very funny. If you post something about a topic, that they may not agree with, they will hide the msg, or even knock you down a point.My previous post was hidden, said it didn't meet display criteria? I mentioned Minecraft, which is what the topic is about. I mentioned that it may be being pushed back to polish the graphics, which the topic was about it being delayed. Hmm.....mods are on a power trip.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@shadow580 I'm sure of that. I'm aware that Minecraft isn't at all focused around graphics, or crisp textures, rather more towards creativity,and freedom. I was being sarcastic earlier.Whew...

ads_legend
ads_legend

I don't think that it will be a patch on the PC version because a BIG part of what keeps Minecraft fresh is the mods. I think that a lot of people will be disappointed because they'll expect it to be on par with the PC version.

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

I truly feel something like this game becomes too limited when confined to a console. It worked on the PC because of how open ended the platform is. Hell, Minecraft on that new Sony gaming phone completely hindered the experience and made it nigh impossible to enjoy. Besides, Minecraft's lasting appeal is questionable. It works in the PC community. I don't see this game doing well with console audiences (myself included). It's fun on the PC.

syam32245340
syam32245340

I don't know what's good about this game...hey maybe it could be kinect-compatible it would be awesome!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

I didn't really knew what Minecraft was until a week ago, looks fairly interesting. Looking forward to the XBLA version.

mattcake
mattcake

Minecraft on xbox eh, I hope I manage to buy it without accidentally buying The Elder Scrolls... ;)

PoKeZeMuNKyZ
PoKeZeMuNKyZ

It says it's kinect enabed...does't mean it's only for kinect right? I want to try this game out seeing as my friend keeps badgering on about it for the pc

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

I'm really glad this random nobody was able to create a game in 2010 with even worse graphics than Doom 2 and for it to be extremely popular despite it's glaringly horrible graphical appeal but seriously.... they're bringing it to Xbox 360? Why?

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

i honestly have no idea what Minecraft even is...

Drakillion
Drakillion

As the Hellion from Starcraft 2 would say it: "HELLLLLLL YEAH!!!!" Hmmm, hopefully my PS3 brethren will have access to this to. (So I have both consoles.)

RoseSpawn
RoseSpawn

I read the headline and literally yelled 'NO!' I'd been looking forward very much to it launching this year. Ahh well...

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Trying to get more casual gamers to get into the power of the X!?! lol, release some REAL games please D:

Barighm
Barighm

"Zombie Jesus"? Yeesh, of all the things that could pique my interest in this game..."zombie jesus"...I must be messed up, lol.

Delkura
Delkura

@ratchet200 But it's perfectly OK for Xbox to be left out, right?

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

@burgergio Thing is Minecraft has already been on the PC for over 2 years. Even if Xbox is the only console to get Minecraft, it definitely won't be an exclusive for you.

ratchet200
ratchet200

Once again the PS3 gets left out...

9uitarman
9uitarman

xbox could run two of these games.

megakick
megakick

LOL at Xbox 360 can't run this game hahaha. Only reasons why Xbox 360 doesn't have more PC games is because of the closed strict xbox live network. I don't know why PS3 doesn't have more PC games, only reason I can think of is the PS3 CPU.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I didn't think the 360 could run this game.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@BURGERgio Cause it's Minecraft. If it was some brand new, never before heard of indie title going exclusive to the 360 I wouldn't have cared one bit, but Minecraft? Needs to be shared with aaallll.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Minecraft coming to 360. Will be buying since I been dying to try Minecraft out.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Minecraft on PC is incredibly addictive, borderline dangerous game.. the horrendous textures and the minor "flaws" in the game are easily ironed out with a couple of mods & a texture pack, and when your bored of it download another mod and within a couple of minutes you've got a dozen new things to build and experiment with. Unfortunately "Vanilla" Minecraft is abit straining to play with and unless your an artist who likes to make things with simply whats given to him, you'll keep thinking "If only i had, or if only i could" - a thought which is easily remedy'd for the PC in form of a mod... but, impossible to do for the 360. This is the reason a console won't be much good for Minecraft, on the PC however Minecraft has limitless potential.

SJGSpook
SJGSpook

Apparently they have delayed it to incorporate Frostbite 2.0

BURGERgio
BURGERgio

PS3 already has many good exclusives, why can't xbox have a few?

zimeron1
zimeron1

look at the image at the beginning of the video Sweet Zombie Jesus!

BonEcho
BonEcho

I wonder if this will NEED to have a kinect or not

kingrich06
kingrich06

i wonder if its going to cost 1200 or even 1600 ms points

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Really, I don't care. Minecraft won't be as good on the consoles do to the lack of mods and texture packs. Also, anyone who owns an Xbox 360 probably owns a PC. It doesn't matter its age, you can really play Minecraft with anything. I'm not hating on the Xbox or anything, but I really think of this as being kind of pointless. But whatever floats Mojang's boat. I'm just fine with my copy of Minecraft for PC. :D

shadow580
shadow580

@prohogo2 lol, can you imagine Minecraft using auto-aim on the xbox 360?

shadow580
shadow580

@godzillavskong the game isn't about graphics at all. It's about scale and creativity. It's no wonder kids like it because they are not as obsessed about graphics as the rest of us.

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

That's ok that it's been delayed for a bit longer because I can't keep up with all the games now. I'm really looking forward to checking this game out when it finally does hit the 360 though.

prohogo2
prohogo2

I can't imagine this game without a mouse. But then again, consolekids play shooters with gamepads lol.

admiral_picard
admiral_picard

A simple solution, buy it on PC now and wait no more! Truly, only the lowest end computers can't run Minecraft well (My horrible laptop is one of them...curse you HP!!). And as others have mentioned, mods are readily available for the PC version - though to be honest, I have owned Minecraft since late Alpha and have yet to try any mods. I still keep going back to it as is vanilla! But make no doubt, with mods this game can become insanely complex (And don't mistake the blocky graphics for it being simplistic currently, it's just hidden underneath - like designing contraptions and the like).

hush404
hush404

Honestly, I'm fine with minecraft on my PC. Anyone looking for a MC experience on 360 should just hit the indies section, there's a few good rip-offs there that'll cost you under $5.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I don't have a lot of money right now anyway, so I'm cool with waiting around. Also, I dislike mods. I'm sorry, some of us just don't care about mods. I agree with Poodge - the game alone is a canvas worth many hours of fun. Another advantage of the console version, is that the PC version doesn't seem to play very well on my laptop, and I've heard other people have had the same problem.

manciuxl
manciuxl

spring 2012? when halo 4 comes out? bad strategy just saying.....

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Wow. I don't see what the big draw is with these titles, although both of my son's love it. I guess they need more time to polish the graphics. lol