In an interview over at Polygon, Minecraft developer Mojang discusses a new service they've got in the works called Minecraft Realms, which is coming to the desktop and Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99 / Free] versions of their popular sandbox game. The aim of Minecraft Realms is to streamline the creation and hosting of worlds for online multiplayer, as well as a reliable system for enabling or disabling mods, and make these tasks simple for non computer savvy folks to do.

Since nearly the very beginning of Minecraft's launch, two of the biggest customer support issues have involved troubles hosting worlds on outside servers and running mods that could possibly conflict with each other and create issues in or break the game. Minecraft Realms should offer a "one click solution" for the people who need assistance with these things. Mojang has been working on an official mod API that they hope to release at some point, and this can be used to create a library of officially supported mods which can be enabled through the Minecraft Realms service with the assurance that it won't cause problems with the game.

The Minecraft Realms service is currently in closed alpha, and should launch in the desktop Minecraft sometime before summer. There will be a monthly fee somewhere between $10 and $15 dollars to use the service, and like the game itself Mojang hopes to frequently add new features to the service and flesh it out over time.

Even more exciting is that Minecraft Realms will be heading to the mobile Pocket Edition too. It'll likely cost less money on mobile, but offer a similar functionality to the desktop version. Mojang is also toying with the idea of having the mobile and desktop versions interact with each other in various ways, which would be incredible, but right now it's a huge technical hurdle. Not out of the question, though.

You can look forward to Minecraft Realms hitting before the summer, so be sure to check out the original interview at Polygon for even more insight into the upcoming service and we'll definitely give you a heads up when the update rolls out to Minecraft: Pocket Edition on mobile.

[Polygon]

  • http://twitter.com/DarkSynopsis DarkSynopsis

    Still not picked up Minecraft on my iPad even though I have been tempted many times but if it connected to a PC Server I would easily play since I could continue building etc from my iPad! I'm fine with it just being vanilla Minecraft!

    • SmackDatButt

      Infinite world limitations on Pocket Edition will make it very rough.
      I hope Mojang makes it to where we can explore any world infinitely, and have the world un-generate the chunks behind us and save that data so we can come back to it later (ex. If we go exploring after we built a house in an area) while we can infinitely run towards any direction we want
      Just my idea, though. If copy-cat Minecraft apps can do it, why can't Mojang?

  • Bradj555

    They are currently testing it for PC/Mac. Only a select 100 people get it when they update to 1.5

  • Russell Weller

    This is an awesome game

  • Hex Blade

    Did I just read 'monthly fees' for the Realms service?

    As much a like Minecraft, I cant justify paying a monthly fee for an enhanced version of it.

    • Ploulack

      I think the fee is only for people running their own server. Those are already paying fees already to their favorite host.
      What's interesting is that plenty of companies have specialized in Minecraft hosting.

  • Addicgamer

    They should let you change your skin in the pocket edition.

    • krazyk095

      I think they've already stated that you'll be able to do that ^_^

    • KevinS

      I think there's already third-party apps that allow you to do this. :)

      • Alfie Perkins

        Correct

    • Zeldaniac

      Pssshhh, I've already changed the entire texture pack.

    • Alfie Perkins

      Yea I would love to

  • zattelin

    If this feature comes to xbox as well and all the platforms are connected then i will use this.

    • braidenjb

      Ya same here then I can connect with my brothers Xbox and play on my iPod touch

  • tahzblade

    I have iPad 3 and there are no clouds iPad 3 has a A6 chip so its as strong as iPhone 5 and is stronger then the new "iPad mini" ( in terms of speed and game / processing power ) why aren't there any clouds :( can someone help

    • Zeldaniac

      iTouch 4, also no clouds (though I'm not sure if I'm supposed to have them)

    • JBRUU

      It doesn't have the A6 chip, it's running the A5X. Actually it's a bit weaker than the iPad 2 & Mini all things considered, just due to the retina screen. But you should be able to run Minecraft just fine, especially with the 1GB of RAM...I don't know what's going on there.

    • holden2015

      To get clouds all u have to do is go to settings and make sure u have fancy graphics on...hope this helps I have clouds and I'm on iPod 4th gen (A4 chip)

    • Alfie Perkins

      You need fancy graphics(in minecraft) turned on in settings

  • braidenjb

    They should make it so that computer , pocket editions and Xbox versions can all connect and play online.

  • anabolicMike

    I love minecraft. Best game ever in my opinion. I never play it in the PC though even though I do own it, I play it on mobile. I totally agree with everyone else if Those little knockoff minecraft apps can have caves and infinite worlds.... Why can't minecraft???? There's a couple on the android market made by a sole programmer that have infinite worlds, sure the game blows but he got infinite worlds to run properly :/. Ill spooge my pants when we get caves and infinite worlds, ill spooge em and leave em on allllll day!

  • XxMgooDy11xX

    I hope infinty world and caves and enchanting table

  • vampira398

    i cant wait for it to come out to pecket edition

  • rhondaex

    If the service will cost that much,can you at least give us a 1 month trial of the service.