Minecraft creator Mojang has confirmed that the title will be heading to Android mobile devices sometime in the near future. What is news here is that the first Android device to see a version of Minecraft will be none other than Sony’s Xperia Play.
The press first got wind of the upcoming announcement when E3 party invitation emails from Sony for an Xperia Play specific event started making the rounds. The invitation itself, as seen in small form to the right, was clearly themed and worded to create a connection between the Xperia Play and Minecraft. As the invitation reads, “Before darkness falls on E3, stay in the light and take refuge with Sony Ericsson to keep the creepers at bay.”
Now, Mojang has officially confirmed to Gamasutra that the game is premiering on the Xperia Play before it moves to other Android devices. The team cites the control setup on the device, the screen size and playing time spans as unique to the mobile platform, “and thus the game needs to be customized to fit the mobile specifications.”
Fueling that Minecraft addiction on the go, however, will be a huge selling point for the massive pile of beta owners the Minecraft team currently enjoys. Apart from this news, it has already been confirmed that Minecraft is being built up for the iPhone and iPad as well. There’s been no word on when the title will release for either the Anroid or iOS platforms.
Mojang does intend, however, to employ the same release method they’ve been using so successfully on the computer version of their game. They will release their software early and update as much and as often as they can.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play runs Android 2.3 and is set to launch in the United States for $199 with a contract on May 26th … that’s this Thursday.
UPDATE Via Minecraft creator Notch’s Twitter account; a picture of him playing the game on the Xperia Play.