Minecraft for mobile phones is coming to Android first as an Xperia Play exclusive, the game’s developer Mojang confirmed to us in a brief e-mail exchange this morning.

This news comes on the heels of a rash of E3 invitations-turned-blog-posts. Yesterday, Play creator Sony Ericcson blasted out a digital invitation to a June 7 mixer to several members of the enthusiast games press. The invite was adorned with Minecraft art and, as if that didn’t do the trick, also referenced a well-known explosive enemy in the game.

With the surprise blown, Mojang is now able to confirm the project, which is formally called Minecraft - Pocket Edition. As you’d assume, it will have controls fitted to the Play’s touch pads, buttons, and d-pad, and will feature changes specific to the hardware and the, perhaps, less attentive audience.

“When playing on smart phones you will have a different screen size compared to PC, different hardware, different attention spans and thus the game needs to be customized to fit the mobile specifications,” a representative told us.

If you know Minecraft, you know Mojang doesn’t kid around with updates. The PC hit is updated a lot with the occasional game-changing overhaul, as well as standard tweaks, enhancements, and bug fixes. Mojang suggests this will be the case with Pocket Edition, too.

“The development process will follow the one we have for PC, release early and update frequently,” the same representative told us.

Apparently, more will be revealed about Pocket Edition during E3. As of right now, we still don’t know its price, release window, or possible cross-platform functionalities. If you read between Mojang's lines about this version of the game, however, the latter seems highly unlikely.

One thing we’d love to know is if Pocket Edition is a PlayStation Suite joint. If it is, then it's possible that this version of the game will work on the NGP as well as other Android 2.3 , PlayStation-certified devices. As reported eons ago, Sony plans to keep a hardware-neutral stance with the Suite platform, so cross-platform play is possible provided that Sony's device requirements are met.

We're not sure what this means for the iOS version of Minecraft in the short term. The studio still refers to this version as an actual project, but if this exclusive has a long-ish tail, you'll be waiting for awhile obviously. Will development slow or stop in the meanwhile? We'll ask.

The Xperia Play is available for purchase tomorrow in the US for $199 with a two year contract. I'm guessing that Mojang will be counting the days until this agreement is over if the desire for the Play's games is as poor in the US as it has been in the UK, Canada, Ireland, and Spain. Mid-month reports from sales in these regions indicate that under or around 1,000 units of each of the five PSOne classic exclusives have been purchased. That's not... good, to say the least.

Then again, Minecraft is a big deal. Perhaps it can push the platform? We'll see.

In-game image from the latest PC build of Minecraft.

  • http://demonskunk.tumblr.com Demonskunk

    Well, looks like I wasted my time getting excited.

  • http://twitter.com/At_God Austin O'Halloran

    It does give a reason to buy the xperia but not enough to switch from the iphone. I still hope someday (soon) a full version of minecraft could come to the app store

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

      iOS was the first platformed they confirmed a mobile version for, we'll get it, sooner or later

    • Jfjeufhxbrhdbj

      The iphone....realy this phone is alot better than an "iphone"

    • Andreirulez

      iphones suck compared to androids in general.

  • Xurkey

    Good, we don't need any MineCrap in the app store. Too much shovelware as it is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

      You're a fucking idiot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rowan-Arbuckle/100000518240545 Rowan Arbuckle


  • Confessor

    This is so damned screwed up.

    Just so we're clear, I'm a fan of Minecraft, and of Notch's release early, update often development credo in particular, and I have no issue in itself with paying for a (pre)-beta product.

    But did he just not make enough money convincing millions of people to buy an unfinished product, for a gross profit of tens of millions of dollars? Is he still such a pauper that he has to engage in sleazy exclusivity deals with mega-corporations, to the detriment of his customer base.

    I wonder how much Sony paid him to sell out.

    • http://schnapple.myopenid.com/ Schnapple

      I think it's cute how you think people should make a certain amount of money and just stop, even when companies are begging them to take more. 

    • http://twitter.com/Katosen27 Katosen27

      If people stopped solely because they gained enough money or fame, then we wouldn't have half the shit we have today. Maybe he is doing this for himself? For his fans? Not to mention the different tax rates for the country he lives in.

  • Akira01

    I don't understand why Apple don't give dollars to have exclusivity for this very big game. This is a very bad point for US. Video game is a market for shark, not teletubbies. Is Apple the new teletubbies of this market ?
    We will see ...

    • http://schnapple.myopenid.com/ Schnapple


    • WhoAmI.......?

      Apple doesn't show favor in deciding or requesting what games they have on their platforms, they just let people do whatever they want and accept it as long as it fits under their guidelines. Also, Apple takes 1/3 of every dollar from every app they sell on their app store, so that can be a turnoff for some developers.

  • Livett360

    Errr, am I missing something here. The Play? Wouldn't it have been more beneficial to develop it for iOS?

    I'd love to play MineCraft on my iPad2.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It might have been more beneficial (at least in the short term) to take the overflowing bucket of money that Sony likely gave them to lock in the exclusivity. 😉

    • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

      I'm hoping it's just a timed exclusive like so many of these deals now-a-days.

      If not, then should we expect an Anonymous/Xperia attack once it hits?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

        It must be a timed exclusive, the first platform they confirmed mobile minecraft for was iOS

  • Nick

    An exclusive first! This is, of course, ignoring the clones that were taken down yonks ago from the apple app store.

  • E_Domina

    This looks like it would somewhat work for the xperia play

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgegore George Haslett

    I'm getting an Xpeira next week - was interested in the console emulators meets Android phone meets Playstation. This is just a bit of extra win.

  • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

    I'll be very glad to play Minecraft on my future NGP..

  • fff

    I can't wait to give my credit card information to hackers in order to play Minecraft on a portable device!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rowan-Arbuckle/100000518240545 Rowan Arbuckle


      • fff

        Sorry. I should have been more clear for the brain dead. I can't wait to give my credit card to Sony so that they can store it insecurely and have that information obtained by hackers.

      • Anonymous

        Umm, why would you give your credit card information to Sony to play this game? This isn't PSN, you buy it from Google.

      • boss


  • Anonymous

    At first I thought I was tripping fucking balls when I read the post on Mojang but then... Xperia Play. The sooner this thing goes the way of the N-Gage, the better. The Play, I mean.

  • Anonymous

    But I would still kill to have this on my Galaxy Sssssss II. Wait a second... FU*BOOM*RAGEQUIT.

  • Sucka_fu

    Well I was hoping for an official minecraft app for the iOS, but if it stays android... at least there is manacraft that is being developed!! looks similar (personally I think it looks better so far) but has a nice twist of adding magic to the game along with quests and so much more!!!

  • Eag11

    Why is he making a pocket edition of a game he hasnt even finished!?
    I watched the trailer for it and i swear it was bad,they should make minecraft pocket edition into a app for the iphone or ipad,Notch what are you thinking!?

  • Eag11

    Why is he making a pocket edition of a game he hasnt even finished!?
    I watched the trailer for it and i swear it was bad,they should make minecraft pocket edition into a app for the iphone or ipad,Notch what are you thinking!?

  • tso90

    you guys it was a demo they showed in the release video it probarly wont be like minecraft classic coz notch will update it like he does with the computer version

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