• Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition

    Hello!

    News from a slightly different, arguably smarter, place today. We’re announcing Minecraft: Education Edition.

    Of course, every Minecraft player learns essential life-skills like tree-punching and good Creeper-defence but, when used in the right way, Minecraft can help people around the world to learn lots more.

    Over the past few years, educators around the world have been using Minecraft to explore subjects that might not spring to mind when you think of our block-based game. Since 2011, MinecraftEdu - a version of Minecraft built for the classroom - has been used in over 40 countries. Lots of people have learned loads of things since then.

    Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu and is building upon its proven success to create a new version of Minecraft that’s dedicated to learning. The new title will be available as a free trial this summer. All existing MinecraftEdu customers will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition free of charge.

    It’s going to be a collaborative thing. Development of Minecraft: Education Edition will be shaped by a community of educators thanks to education.minecraft.net. The site will host lesson plans and give Minecraft: Education Edition users somewhere to discuss ideas and provide feedback. We know teachers can be a rowdy bunch, so we’re looking into the best ways to moderate the forums as I type. Wish us luck.

    For more on Minecraft: Education Edition, check out this post (which comes with bonus quotes), or visit the official page.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Wii U this Thursday

    Hello!

    I bring even more exciting news for Wii U owners. Just a few months ago you got Minecraft, and now I’m delighted to announce that Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to Wii U this Thursday, January 21st.

    The Wii U version will feature off-TV play and mirroring for the Wii’s GamePad controller, so you can play when someone else is doing less-fun things on the TV. You can even use the nifty touch interface if joysticks and buttons ain’t your bag.

    The first episode will cost $4.99 or equivalent, but you can also buy a season pass for $19.99. That way, you’ll get access to episodes 2-5 as they become available to download.

    Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic game series from Telltale Games. You play as Jesse who can be a male or female hero, and embark on an exciting adventure to save the world while learning about a group of legends known as The Order of the Stone. It’s a massive amount of fun for fans of Telltale’s games, Minecraft, or just good things in general. For more on Minecraft: Story Mode, check out Telltale’s official site.

    Have fun, Wii U owners! Take care of Reuben for me, yeah?

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Cobalt coming to Xbox and Steam February 2nd

    Hello!

    I bring exciting news! We’ve locked down Cobalt’s release date. It’s coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam for Windows on February 2nd. It’ll cost $19.99 or equivalent.

    I am slightly biased, but it’s worth mentioning that Cobalt is an excellent video game. Your experience may vary but I’ve been playing multiplayer for over three years, and I still think it’s great. Why?

    Read on for an impartial breakdown of Cobalt’s awesomeness. Note that Cobalt is developed by Oxeye Game Studio and published by Mojang. I work for Mojang.

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  • Minecraft snapshot 16w02a

    A new year has started and it’s time to celebrate it with a new Minecraft snapshot. The list of things we want to finish before the 1.9 release is getting shorter, more bugs are getting fixed, fewer new bugs are getting introduced.

    Thanks to everyone who is reporting bugs, testing the snapshots and sending us feedback our changes. You are all helping to make 1.9 awesome.

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  • Watch Jens play Cobalt LIVE

    Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you had a good ‘un!

    Just a quick note to let you know that at 15:00 CET tomorrow, Lord of Minecraft and Oxeye Game Studio developer, Jens Bergensten will be playing Cobalt LIVE on air. I’ll be sitting close-by, pestering him with questions and trying to distract his l33t play.

    The stream will be live at www.twitch.tv/jebox.

    It’s going to be absolutely spectacular, and you should definitely tune in! Don’t worry if you’re in bed/school/work at that time though - the stream will be available to watch at a later date too.

    See you tomorrow!

    Owen - @bopogamel and @Jeb_

  • Happy holidays from all at Mojang!

    Hey everyone!

    It’s been a busy, eventful, year but it’s finally time to sit back, eat loads of food, and play unhealthy amounts of video games.

    We’s like to take a moment to thank every last one of you for continuing to support us for all these years, and for inspiring us to make Minecraft into something truly special.

    See you in 2016!

    Owen - @bopogamel and the rest of the Mojangstas.

  • Here's the Pocket/Windows 10 Edition livestream!

    Hello!

    Lots of you caught our Festive Livestream last week but, thanks to timezones, a lot of you were sleeping/in school/doing other stuff. For that reason, it’s now available on-demand!

    If you’re playing on a Windows 10 or Android device, it’s possible to download the map featured in the stream and play it! We’ve zipped them up and made them available for download here. If you’re not sure how to use the maps, follow the directions in this handy text document.

    Have a great holiday season, everyone! See you next year.

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Minecraft.net localization update

    We want Minecraft to be enjoyed by as many players as possible. A big hurdle for a lot of people wanting to play the PC/Mac version has been that the website where you buy the game so far only has been available in English, despite the game itself having been available in multiple languages for several years thanks to our awesome community translators. However, after a recent update, minecraft.net is now for the first time ever available in multiple languages!

    Initially we’ve focused on the most crucial bits of the website, where you register for and buy Minecraft. These are now available in 14 different languages with some additional regional variations. In addition to this we’ve also added prices in 12 new currencies (previously only USD, EUR, and GBP were supported) and enabled more local payment options.

    This is only the first step though. The Mojang Web Force is working on a completely revamped version of minecraft.net that will be fully localized. More on that in a future update.

  • Playstation and Xbox Editions get humongous update

    Hello!

    We’ve just updated Minecraft for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4 with a staggering amount of features. Yes, we’re constantly improving Minecraft on all platforms but this is actually our biggest update ever, bringing the console versions closer to the current PC build than they’ve ever been before.

    To prove this, I present the following changelog which will require significant amounts of vertical scrolling. From henceforth, this update will be known as “Update 1.8.8.”

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  • Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 out soon! New trailer!

    Hello!

    We’re happy to announce that Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4: will be available on all platforms this December 22nd! And I have a trailer!

    For what it’s worth, Episode 4 is my favourite section of Minecraft: Story Mode so far. It includes cameos from the cutest mobs in the game, a journey to a distant land, and the [REDACTED] of [REDACTED]. It really is quite [REDACTED].

    Have a [REDACTED] holiday, everyone!

    [REDACTED] - @bopogamel