Mojang and 4J Studios have announced that the Update Aquatic will be released for Minecraft Wii U Edition, but that this will also be “the last big effort” to match it with newer versions.
That is because only five percent of active players are using the older console generations, and, while acknowledging that it was a difficult decision, they need to focus their support on where the largest community is.
“As you’ve probably heard, the Update Aquatic is soon to bring all kinds of underwater fun to players on Java Edition and the new Bedrock Engine-based versions of Minecraft for Xbox One, Switch, mobile and Windows 10. But we won’t be leaving crafters on other consoles high and dry!” the developer started.
“Arriving a little while after the initial launch, players on PlayStation 4 Edition, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Wii U will all receive the Update Aquatic. With the exception of PlayStation 4 Edition, this will mark the last big effort to keep those editions up to date with our newer versions of the game.
“Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5 percent of our active players, so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most and where we plan to add new features: on Java, PlayStation 4 Edition and the versions of Minecraft made with the Bedrock Engine on other consoles, mobile, and Windows 10.”