Mojang is prepping the launch of a beta version of Minecraft for Windows 10, the company announced on Saturday. The game is essentially a port of its mobile version which will launch alongside the forthcoming Windows 10 on July 29.
Users who’ve already purchased the PC version of Minecraft will get the Windows 10 version for free while others can buy it for $10 that’ll be valid throughout the beta period. “This version will develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback. That’s why it has “Beta” in the title – because it’s not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free. We spoil you. We really do,” said Mojang.
The game will get Creative and Survival modes, along with support for multiplayer gameplay of up to 7 users who can join in through their local network or via Xbox Live. Also, the Windows 10 Beta version gets some extra customizations that makes it rather different from the current PC version. It allows effortless swapping between touchscreens, gets keyboard/mouse or joystick controls, along with a built- in DVR that allows you to record and share your Minecraft journey with others.
And of-course, there’ll be “chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft,” Mojang added.
To recall, Minecraft creator Markus Persson famously refused Microsoft’s offer to bring the game to Windows 8, as he considered it was Microsoft’s attempt to lock down the open PC platform. Though now that the company has acquired Mojang from Notch for a massive sum of $2.5 billion, Minecraft will indeed be coming to the Windows Store. Since its acquisition in 2014, Microsoft has made the game available on all of its platforms including Xbox One and the HoloLens. And now, it’ll be coming to Windows 10.