For people who have been looking for a more livin room based Minecraft experience, the wait is over.
The game will be released on XBox 360 this Wednesday.
The 360 version will have some distinct differences from the PC version, the most notable of which may be four player split-screen co-op.
The game will also vary from the popular PC game in that controls and crafting have been changed to make the process less complicated for a controller-based game. Patty Burns of 4J Studios has stated that users will be allowed to craft items based on what resources they have in their inventory.
I’m guessing this means players don’t have to learn all the patterns for things they want to make.
4J also took into account that players of the console version might not want to have to keep a laptop near them and dig around on a wiki to learn how to do things, so they’ve added a pre-built tutorial level, an in-game help system and on-screen tooltips to make mastering the game easier.
As I expected, there are currently no plans for XBox players to be able to play along with PC players. Instead, XBox players will be receiving content specific to them. 4J Studios have also said that there are still plans for Kinect support, but it will be further down the line once they determine how it would really add to the Minecraft experience.
For curiosity’s sake, I’ll be giving the XBox version of the game a try.