Minecraft hits Vita this month – but only in Europe

Minecraft is finally coming to PlayStation Vita – as long as you live in the right part of the world. Developer 4J Studios has announced the game will arrive in Europe as a digital download on October 15, but says there’s no confirmed date for a North American release.

It’s important to point out that – despite its size – Minecraft for Vita is a variation on the console edition of the game, not the mobile version. This means you should have the same experience on Vita (look, feel, mechanics) as you do on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and something much closer to the PC release rather than the stripped-down mobile version.

If you’re already a fan of Minecraft for PS3, then 4J has a treat for you – you’ve also got a copy of the Vita edition for free! You’ll just need to download it onto your handheld and you’re good to go. The same cross-buy works in the other direction – buy it for PlayStation Vita and you’ll get it for PS3 for free as well. (Unfortunately, the cross-buy functionality doesn’t extend to the PS4 version.)

This is all well and good, if you’re in part of the world that’s even getting the game. 4J Studios says simply via Twitter that:

We don’t have a confirmed North America #MinecraftPSVita release date yet. Hopefully we’ll hear soon.

Fans are hoping that this is just a temporary hiccup, rather than a delay, but at this stage we don’t really know. Similarly, there’s a physical/retail version of the game in the works, but we don’t know quite when that will land either.

So: If you’re in Europe (or related territories), you’ll be able to play Minecraft: PS Vita Edition from October 15. If you’re not, you’ll miss out, for now.

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