Minecraft: Windows 10 edition revealed at Minecon

Technically it’s not Minecraft 2, but Mojang has announced a special Windows 10 edition of Minecraft, due out later this month alongside the new operating system. If you’ve already got a copy of the game on PC, you’ll get a free upgrade (just like Windows) – and if you don’t own it yet, it’s a simple matter of handing over just $10.

(It’s also anticipated that Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be – one day – compatible with Microsoft‘s HoloLens technology, shown here.)

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is completely separate to the current PC version, so you won’t be able to play with (or against) friends who are currently making masterpieces on PC. However, you will be able to log into multiplayer games with people playing the mobile Minecraft: Pocket Edition, or jump into eight-person co-op via local play or Xbox Live (fingers crossed this expands eventually to include other Xbox platforms – or maybe other consoles in general).

You’ll also (finally) be able to select a dominant hand, which will come into play when you’re dual-wielding weapons, and your control options are pretty open – controller, touch or keyboard controls are all available as standard.

…and, because you can’t launch something like this without a hefty story update as well – the alternate dimension known as “The End” is also being revamped, with a new End City location promising parkour experiences for those of us into free-running. There’s also a new enemy – Shulker – who comes with levitation-causing fire… can’t wait to see how people utilise that one!

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is hitting Windows 10 PCs on July 29.

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