Microsoft has announced that cross-platform play will soon come to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, when the next major update becomes available in late summer.
Once the update – referred to as the Better Together Update – has been rolled out worldwide, the sandbox adventure will simply become known as ‘Minecraft’ across all platforms.
Then, anyone playing the game on Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Xbox One, iOS, Android and Virtual Reality devices will be able to play online together.
“A game all about teamwork, building together and creating communities shouldn’t be restricted to one device, which is why our Better Together Update introduces cross-platform play, breaking down the barriers and letting people play the same complete Minecraft with each other across devices!” enthused Mojang creative communications assistant Tom Stone.
“We’ve wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages, essentially making a version of Minecraft that’s consistent no matter what device you’re choosing to play on.”
Those that own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, with existing worlds and DLC transferrable.
Also, any DLC that you purchase will be accessible across all devices at no extra charge – an example being given that, if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you’ll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too.