Minecraft For Android Launches as Xperia Play Exclusive

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Since February, we’ve been hearing about the effort to bring indie gaming breakout hit Minecraft to smartphones. In May, we learned that the port would launch as an exclusive title for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and after a period of exclusivity, be available on additional Androids. If you have a Play, though, your chance to start building has arrived, with Mojang announcing the app’s release today for about $7.

Mojang hasn’t released an exhaustive list of what features are and aren’t present, but from the sound of things it’s had to make some judgment calls about what features from the PC version would survive the transition. For now, the app is being released as version Alpha 0.1, with promises of frequent updates, so just because something might be missing now doesn’t mean it will stay missing for long. The current Android experience sounds very much like Minecraft Classic, without the elaborate crafting system and enemy battles found in the latest Minecraft Beta release.

One big change is the inability to connect to multiplayer servers, a major component of the PC version. You can connect locally with other users on Xperia Plays sharing your network, but that makes putting together multiplayer games sound like quite the chore. Hopefully, remote multiplayer is one of those features planned for a future update.

There’s no word on just when other Androids might see the app, nor of the once-mentioned iOS port.

Source: Mojang

Via: Phandroid

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!