Microsoft, Mojang and 4J Studios have announced that Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will receive the universal Minecraft Bedrock Engine update next month.
Those that already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will be able to digitally upgrade to Minecraft for free, and the Bedrock version will have all the same content, such as the Nintendo platform exclusive Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.
But, thanks to cross-platform play, players will now be able to play together with their friends on Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs, Android devices, iOS phones and tablets, and VR platforms.
Minecraft on Nintendo Switch will now also support achievements and Gamerscore, and, for the first time, will let players access the Minecraft Marketplace.
On this constantly-growing community marketplace, you can purchase unique maps, skins, and texture packs from favourite creators within the community safely and securely with Minecoins. Purchases are then shared across every platform on which the Minecraft Marketplace is available.
“Bringing the definitive version of Minecraft to Nintendo Switch is a huge step forward in our journey to unite Minecraft players across any device,” explains Phil Spencer, head of gaming for Microsoft. “We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to bring an amazing experience to the Nintendo Switch system’s dynamic and rapidly-growing ecosystem and couldn’t be more excited to deliver what Minecraft players have been asking for.”
Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime adds: “This new version of Minecraft offers players even more options to play anytime and anywhere on Nintendo Switch. With previously released content like the Super Mario Mash-Up included, players everywhere can experience what it’s like when Minecraft meets the Mushroom Kingdom!”
The Bedrock version of Minecraft will release for Nintendo Switch on June 21st, both digitally on Nintendo eShop and as a physical release at retail priced at $29.99.