Starting this Thursday, September 29th, the Android version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition will be available. The game will only be playable on devices supporting Android version 2.3 and up.

The video above details the touchscreen controls for the non-Xperia Play version of the game. This was originally an Xperia Play exclusive, but has since been announced as coming to both the Android and iOS platforms. While today's news is that this game will launch this Thursday for Android, the iOS versions have not been given a release date.

This game will be updated in the same rolling fashion as the computer counterpart. It is set to launch for $6.54 and will feature, according to the Android Market page, the following:

* Randomized worlds
* Build anything you can imagine
* Build with 36 different kinds of blocks
* Invite and play with friends to your world (local wireless network) * Save multi-player worlds on your own phone

I've often complained personally about how much I hate virtual d-pads and joysticks. Folks, my addiction to Minecraft is so fierce that I'll be buying this even after seeing firsthand that it may be a little awkward to use.

Anyone else picking the Pocket Edition of Minecraft up on Thursday?