Mojang Specifications, the incredibly-transparent developer of Minecraft, recently announced plans to unveil a mobile version of its popular sandbox title at E3 in less than a month. Set to debut exclusively on Sony’s Xperia Play, the company’s brief post was accompanied by a video that shows off the pocket-sized version of the successful independent title.
Daniel Kaplan, one of the developers at Mojang, had the following to say on the company’s blog:
It is official. Minecraft – Pocket Edition will be demoed on Xperia Play at E3. It has been really hard to keep my mouth shut and not talk about it because I have wanted to show it to you guys for a long time. I can promise you, it has been worth the wait.
Answering questions on Reddit, Jens Bergensten, one of the acclaimed title’s lead developers, revealed some details about the mobile version of Minecraft. In terms of graphics, game will run at approximately 30 frames per second, making it fundamentally incompatible with the PC version of Minecraft. The reason why the developer chose to limit the framerate in this way was to ensure that the game would translate to iOS smoothly.
Luckily, you will not have to spend all of your time crafting alone. Bergensten said that there would be multiplayer functionality, but only over Wi-Fi. This will likely change with the adoption of HSPA+ and LTE technology on an international scale, which will make networks significantly faster.
When exactly will the game release? Your guess is as good as ours at this point, but it will likely be in the near future. It is a time-sensitive exclusive, meaning that it will eventually roll out on all Android-powered handsets and later expand to other platforms, like iOS.
What do you, fellow gamers, think of Minecraft‘s mobile sibling? Are you looking forward to constructing wild buildings on your way to work? Are you disappointed about the mobile game’s inability to synchronize with its PC companion? Sound off in the comments below.