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Minecraft Bedrock Edition revealed for Nintendo Switch

Published: 22:04, 20 February 2018
Title screen of Minecraft Bedrock Edition in its signature blocky shapes in vibrant colours.
Minecraft Bedrock Edition

Minecraft Bedrock Edition also known as cross platform Minecraft appears to be undergoing the finishing touches for Nintendo Switch version and Microsoft has decided to show almost two hours of footage.

Microsoft have also announced the Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Switch will be free to all players who own it on the console before release. The Switch edition is nearly done and is in late stages of development where polishing is the main focus.

Justin Woods, the Bedrock producer, noted that the Xbox version may have come out too soon and was not as finished as he hoped so they are taking things slow with the Switch version.

Mojang A huge Mario statue build in Minecraft, complete with his red and blue plumber suit. Minecraft

This time around they are focusing on making the launch smoother, as well as making the transition from easier from Switch Edition. This appears to be true and not just empty talk, as the Bedrock Edition seemed to run at steady 60 FPS on stream, and Microsoft said it can display 14 chunks of game world compared to only 6 in the current Switch Edition.

Several Bedrock features are shown to be operational during the stream, like the store. Hurry, get the microtransactions working or the world might explode any second! Microsoft have also confirmed you will need a Microsoft account in order to play with people on other platforms, but the same limitation does not apply when you want to play with other Switch users.

Microsoft A person is playing Minecraft Bedrock Edition on Nintendo Switch. Minecraft on Nintendo Switch

There is also a part of the stream that shows touchscreen support for Switch's handheld mode where you can navigate menus, type with the on-screen keyboard or manage your inventory.

Throughout the stream, a lot of emphasis was put on the release being handled ''by the book'' in order to provide a smooth launch instead of a rushed product like it was on Xbox. An official release date has not been mentioned but Microsoft have confirmed that the game will be coming to Switch ''soon''.

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