For those unaware, there has been two versions of Minecraft – and we’ve learned now both versions are finally united in development.
Minecraft has had the Java version, which is the original base code of the game first created by Notch back in 2009. The game also has the Bedrock edition, which does play similarly to the Java version, but has been following a different update path and is written in C++.
Right now they are sold as two separate games with each being $26.99. Previously there was a point in time where buying the Java edition would give one a free copy of the Bedrock edition, however that offer ended back in 2020.
Now worrying about which version to buy or needing to purchase both is a thing of the past now. Mojang announced starting June 7, they will no longer be selling them separate and instead they will be one single purchase known as Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC.
Those who owned either the Java or the Bedrock editions will also now have access to the one they didn’t previously own.
As the developer notes, “all players that have either Java Edition or Bedrock Edition will receive the edition they do not currently own for free, right in the Minecraft Launcher.” Though they also urge people to be patient as it may “take 2 to 3 days” for it to show up as they roll out the changes.
This change comes at a good time, as the new Minecraft 1.19 update, also known as the Wild Update, is coming out on the same day as this change.
What do you think of this news? Are you someone who owns one of the versions of Minecraft and want to give the other version you didn’t have a change? Or are you one of the unfortunate ones who had recently purchased both before this news came out?
Minecraft is available for Windows PC, Linux, Mac (all via the official website), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire, Amazon Fire, and Fire TV. The Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and Wii U versions have been discontinued and are no longer supported.