Last month Minecraft developer Mojang let their legions of fans know that they'd be changing the current direction of their mobile version of the game, Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99/Lite], into something more akin to its PC counterpart. You see, Pocket Edition launched in the App Store in mid-November after a brief stint as an Xperia Play exclusive, but was missing a couple of core components that are key to the Minecraft experience – namely mining and crafting – which is why we didn't exactly love it in our review.

Mojang has again updated their blog with the latest status of what direction the Minecraft - Pocket Edition project is heading. They admit that they mistakenly thought gamers would want something closer to Minecraft Creative while on the go, so that's sort of how Pocket Edition was designed from the start. Because of that, now that they want to go back and add in things like enemies, survival, and crafting it's going to take some pretty hefty rejiggering of the entire game.

And the beginnings of this rejiggering will be what's in the forthcoming update which Mojang plans to have submitted by February 8th. There will be some pretty heavy behind-the-scenes type stuff in the update which will allow for a smoother transition when survival mode is added in the future. Crafting is also coming, but since it requires a pretty extensive interface overhaul, it's still a ways out. Survival mode will most likely be hitting pretty soon this year, and the update lays the groundwork for that.

But just because this update is filled with a lot of boring technical foundation which you cannot see, there are still a few minor new content additions to look forward to. There will be some "neat looking animals" and some new blocks, as well as doors and fences. That's right, doors and fences! The best part of this update though is that with the behind-the-scenes grunt work out of the way then new content should be easier to create and updates should start coming much faster going forward.

We'll definitely be keeping our eye on how Minecraft - Pocket Edition evolves, and while you wait for the update that's coming next month you can hit up our forums for discussion of the game.

  • Anonymous

    Lunacraft is the best Minecraft fix I've found in the iphone. Hope they can take Minecraft Pocket above and beyond that.

  • Marley Listmann

    I don't like how Minecraft Pocket Edition has only so much terrain generated, eventually the map just ends...

  • http://twitter.com/chaosz911 René de Groot

    My three kids and I frequently have a lot of fun with Minecraft PE. The game beats all spinoffs imho, especially with some 64x or 128x textures added :) I do hope you can login on regular servers in the future though.

  • http://extension.ws/ Jedediah

    Minicraft is what Minecraft PE should have been. The game mechanics are more important than the 3D blocks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Robinson-smith/100000230278369 Joshua Robinson-smith

    I think minecraft pe should have more blocks (especially a water block and doors), creatures and redstone..... That is what will make minecraft travel to the top of the charts........oh and a survival mode

    • astrano14

      well when me and my friend were playing on my server we dug down and found red stone but the thing that sucked was that i didn't collect any red stone witch is the same for all blocks i hope they make it so u can pick up the things blocks drop because if they add survival it would be way 2 easy to SURVIVE!

    • rrw 17

      Here is nOw

  • Kristof Windsor

    AWESOME!! Love playing it with my brothers. I'm 11 years old. Hopefully it gets updated for the iPod Touch soon! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Cruz/100000368360011 Josh Cruz

    How come Android got the update before the iphone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002826936367 Uri Coetzee

    when will they add mining and crafing!?!

  • rrw 17

    I love mincraft but when's the next update?

    • Seeqin

      It will be a long time

  • Seeqin

    Ya when is the next update i searh all over the web and i cant find any thing

  • Seeqin

    Hi

  • Seeqin

    Tou will never know when the next update will be

  • Seeqin

    Hey

  • Seeqin

    They should make the updates faster not 2 months and i would like online play and chests and hunger and eldermen creepers and other monsters and dog and cats armor fish and a full world not a boxed space and undergound caves ,buckets ,portals, beds im guessing the things i would whant and the other people

  • Seeqin

    They should make the updates faster not 2 months and i would like online play and chests and hunger and eldermen creepers and other monsters and dog and cats armor fish and a full world not a boxed space and undergound caves ,buckets ,portals, beds im guessing the things i would whant and the other people

  • Seeqin

    Hi

  • Seeqin

    They should make the updates faster not 2 months and i would like online play and chests and hunger and eldermen creepers and other monsters and dog and cats armor fish and a full world not a boxed space and undergound caves ,buckets ,portals, beds im guessing the things i would whant and the other people

  • Seeqin

    Dose any one go to this wed site

  • Seeqin

    Thanks for the update the next update will have buckets and ether or nether

  • Seeqin

    This is seeqin in the next update is nether or ether for people that dont know they are portals also buckets because how are you going to put water in the portal might dongeons I am positive for lava and might glowstone it is on oct,22,12

  • Seeqin

    Sorry people the next update will be between nov,22

  • Seeqin

    And maps and more space like this comment and make a account so you can post like me

  • Minecraftlauren

    I LOVE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!! You need to make some spawn eggs for creepers and enderman all the mobs. Plz make the updates faster for pocket edition and Xbox 360 Plz for my 9 bithday Plz plzz

  • Minecraftlauren

    Plz make the next update have all the spawn eggs for my 8th birthday plzplzplz I am begging you

  • scoobydoo460

    when is the redstone update caming out for ipods