We are literally buried with GDC 2013 meetings and coverage, but something popped up on our forums today that caught our eye and we just had to let you know about it. It's called Multiplayer for Minecraft PE [$2.99], and it apparently does exactly what its title suggest: allow you to join and host multiplayer servers for Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99 / Free].

As I mentioned, we're swamped at the moment so we haven't fiddled around with the app ourselves just yet, but our forums are abuzz with talk of the release and it seems that Multiplayer for Minecraft PE indeed works as intended. It even includes a ton of features like voice chat, private servers, user management, and more. And besides the initial download price, the service is free. The one caveat, if you can even call it that, is that it only works over WiFi, not 3G or LTE. Also, in case it wasn't obvious, you'll need to own either the free or paid version of Minecraft - Pocket Edition.

You might remember that Mojang is readying an official multiplayer solution for Minecraft - PE in the form of Minecraft Realms, but that service will require a monthly fee of some kind, whereas this app is free to use. So if you can't wait the month or so for Minecraft Realms to hit, or you aren't down to pay a monthly fee, Multiplayer for Minecraft PE might be the thing for you.

It'll also be interesting to see how Mojang reacts to an app like this, as it's obviously eating their lunch in terms of offering an online multiplayer service that they're hoping users will pay for. Everything appears to be on the up and up with what Multiplayer for Minecraft PE is doing, but it's possible Mojang may try to block the service somehow when they update Minecraft - PE next, or something along those lines.

Just something to keep in mind before you drop the $3 on this app, and until we have a chance to check things out for ourselves we can't fully endorse Multiplayer for Minecraft PE just yet. But hey, if you're dying to get online in Minecraft - PE then for $3 it might just be worth checking out for yourself.

  • http://twitter.com/chasetastic Chase Oros

    Literally buried. Literally.

  • Jacob007

    Very interesting - downloading now! :)

  • JJ Major

    Do both devices need the app?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Mayer/709955662 Bob Mayer

      Yes.

  • EF EM OW

    Bought it but didn't work for me so I got a refund, would wait for a update or two before buying just in case.

  • wojovox

    A monthly fee? For the worst version of Minecraft? I might just wait another year or two until the PE catches up with the Xbox version.

    • Addicgamer

      There are no monthly fees.

    • Holcman

      The monthly fee is only for the official PE server hosting, which hasn't come out yet. Minecraft itself only has an upfront cost, with no monthly fees.

    • MidianGTX

      Depending on how you look at it, every version requires a monthly fee. Xbox Live is a money-grabbing POS anyway, and hosting your own server for the PC version can get pretty costly if you require a lot of bandwidth for extra players and large worlds.

  • http://twitter.com/McPe_Nerd @NerdDoesMinecraft

    Looks like i need to save up going through money problems right now :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674642650 Jim Wilson

    Awesome. Just bought the full game and this app. Thanks for being it to the attention of the masses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.guest.790 Jason Guest

    Works well except for some glitches on chat. Chat shuts off randomly and I have to turn chat off and then on again. Other than that its great to have shared experiences on minecraft. My handle is xsist14 on there and you might see me around hosting. Good day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noah.alvarenga Noah Alvarenga

    So the servers aren't free????? Already have the game! I should get a free
    complimentary server!

    • http://www.facebook.com/marcus.peirson Marcus Peirson

      Exactly

  • quickninja21

    I hope this makes Mojang work faster!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xaviercrobledo Xavier Robledo

    I'm more partial to Adventure With Companions on the iPhone myself :-)

  • Saul Serna

    Hi I have this app its great and all but when I try to join somebody on a public server it tells me that it cannot locate server. I've tried over and over but it just tells me the same thing so if you have anything that i might be doing wrong please tell me ~ Awsomeness

    • http://www.facebook.com/innovative.devs Innovative Devs

      Hi! Send an email to support (the email address is in the help section). There's a few reasons this might be happening, and it's easier to explain over email :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/canyon.plante Canyon Plante

    If this is true they just killed there business

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcus.peirson Marcus Peirson

    Is it free to join

    • http://www.facebook.com/innovative.devs Innovative Devs

      Once you have purchased the app, there are not other charges. Free to join and host as much as you like :) We've just submitted an update which adds bluetooth and 3G/4G/LTE. Should be on the store in a few days

  • Minecraft lover

    I tried to download it on my iPad with Zeusmos and Appcake but it wouldn't work. Please make it possible; I want it for free. So do other friends of mine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mohammad.usman.98478 Mohammad Usman

      i downloaded it from appcake...it works fine ...just becomes slow

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohammad.usman.98478 Mohammad Usman

    when i run the app it works fine but the game becomes very slow( other players are very fast)...i have an iphone 3gs with iOS 6.1

  • Minecraft lover

    Yeah I just downloaded it too from appcake. It took a while by I did it. It's AWESOME.

  • Jacob Yager

    Does it cost 7 dollars monthly or 7 dollars and your done?

    • http://www.facebook.com/zeph.zamora.9 Zeph Zamora

      7 dollars DONE!!! easy right?

  • Dyl Diamond

    PLEASE COME OUT FOR ANDROID

  • Jonalyn Bautista

    Does it work with 0.7.2 or later versions?

    • loophole

      Yep and there still supporting it with updates!