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Minecraft Finds Refuge on the PS3 Prior to Christmas

Posted by Sammy Barker

Don't be a square

Release date surprises are rare in the games industry these days, but this is a genuine shocker: Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition is launching on the PlayStation Network this week. Mojang’s indie smash hit has already sold over 30 million copies across various other platforms, and is set to add another line of zeroes to its impressive tally from 17th December in North America and 18th December in Europe.

What’s the game all about, though? Well, if you’ve been living under a pixelated rock, Owen Hill has answers. “Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks,” he wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “At first, you’ll probably build simple structures to protect against nocturnal monsters. Later on, you might work with your friends to create wonderful, imaginative things.” There’s also a combative component, but the game’s primarily what you want it to be.

As announced at GamesCom earlier in the year, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions are also in production, but they’re not quite ready to be released yet. There’s no word on whether these will be compatible with the PS3 instalment, but considering the magnitude of the Minecraft franchise, we expect Sony to go out of its way to encourage cross-save support – and if it’s feeling extra generous, cross-buy. Time will tell, though.

As for the game itself, it’s the exact same version that's already available on other consoles, and will be updated in tandem with said iterations from here on out. Downloadable skins and texture packs will be added to the PlayStation Store over the coming weeks, while the developer is hinting at some kind of Sony-exclusive add-ons – perhaps based on popular PlayStation properties. Are you planning to dig into this one? Grab a spade in the comments section below.

[via blog.eu.playstation.com, blog.us.playstation.com]

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User Comments (16)

MadchesterManc

#2

MadchesterManc said:

at least my nephew will be happy :| sooner than i was expecting to be honest seen as theres been very little info on the Playstation versions released at all

Epic

#3

Epic said:

I never understood its appeal, I might get it eventualy and see what the fuzz is all about.

RisefromAshes

#4

RisefromAshes said:

@Epic

It's popularity is due to it being fun. Survival is a blast to play. Creative mode let's you flex your "creative" muscles. Adventure mode is awesome too.

Awesome game.

ztpayne7

#6

ztpayne7 said:

I want the ps4 version. Just depends on how far away that is. Wish they'd give us a date.

Knux

#7

Knux said:

Cool, but I'll just wait for the PS4 or Xbox One version.

Ginkgo

#8

Ginkgo said:

Hmm. Where to buy this. Not holding out much hope for cross-buy but that would be awesome.

Savino

#9

Savino said:

@FullbringIchigo I´ve heard, really dont remember where, that the vita version will be the same as the console version... which leaves room for some crossplay and/or cross save!!!

Azikira

#10

Azikira said:

Cross-buy with Vita please! I don't mind if I have to pay a little more (Like Sly Cooper)

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

Tomorrow?!?!!? I thought this was an Xbox exclusive for like a year or something? Or has it been a year already? Seems like only a few months since the 360 version came out.

Read all that excitement in the sentences above? And I don't even care about the game, but this game is huge, and it's like a week before Christmas, and it just pops up on the PS3 with a days notice? Crazy.

So, where's the price?

"it’s the exact same version that's already available on other consoles"

Wait, I thought this was an Xbox exclusive, what other consoles with an "s"? Unless you mean both 360 and X1? But I thought the X1 version was new and improved? I know it hasn't released on any Nintendo console ever. Probably a good thing as my kid would break the Gamepad screen pecking away at it.

Oh well, guess I'l have to go read the PS Blog But that thing is so damned ugly.

If it ever does come out on Vita I bet it sells better than Tearaway. Poor poor Tearaway.

EDIT: Read both EU adn U Sblogs, no price, no size, no nothing. What a joke. Well at least 1 EU reply said 4 player split screen, so that's something I guess. Now excuse me as I go read Xbox reviews. shiver

CrispyGoomba

#12

CrispyGoomba said:

@rjejr The 360 version has been out since May 2012. The price will probably be the same as the 360 ($20). I don't see any reason why it would be priced lower or higher.

rjejr

#13

rjejr said:

@CrispyGoomba - "The 360 version has been out since May 2012"
"I don't see any reason why it would be priced lower or higher."

I think it should be priced lower if it's an 18 month old port. Isn't that reason enough? 18 months is a long time in video game land, you usually have the sequel out by then and the orignal game is half price - see COD, Assassins Creed, Madden, etc. Who wants to pay full price for an 18 month old port?

I guess I was thinking about the incoming X1 version, which I think is supposed to be much better than the 360 version, not the 360 version, that part was my mistake. If the PS4 gets the X1 version next year, say 6 months later, that can be the same price. 6<18

JuanitoShet

#14

JuanitoShet said:

Now it's time to also port it over to Nintendi consoles. Let the Minecraft madness spread! \(^^)/

CrispyGoomba

#15

CrispyGoomba said:

@rjejr There's a difference between Minecraft and yearly installments, like CoD and the others you listed. First off, Minecraft is one of those games that probably won't get a sequel. The reason why those yearly games drop in price is because who would pay the same price for an older product when you can buy the newer one for the same. Also, you can say it's a 18 month old port, but it really isn't. Hard to explain that part. The 360 version is still the same price as it was when it launched and there wouldn't be any reason to price the PS versions any different.

rjejr

#16

rjejr said:

@CrispyGoomba - I gotta give those Minecraft folk credit, that game has been $26.99 since launch and I dont think I've ever read about it being on sale. Kinda crazy. Even PS+ was on sale for $30 Black Friday. PS3 version may be different than 360, but 18 months is a long time to be kept waiting.

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