Minecraft for Nintendo Switch is about to get a whole lot bigger, with an updated version coming this June that will allow cross-platform play.
The updated version brings the universal Minecraft Bedrock Engine to the Switch. This means Switch players will be able to connect with friends on non-Nintendo systems. Considering more than 144 million copies of the game have been sold across all platforms, this opens up the playing field quite significantly.
A new physical version of the game will launch alongside the updated digital version, which will retail for $29.99.
The Bedrock version of the game contains all previously released DLC, including the exclusive Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. Additionally, Minecraft will support the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership when it launches in September.
The updated game has one more surprise in store, with the addition of a new in-game marketplace. The Minecraft Marketplace will let players purchase community-created content like skins, worlds and textures using MINECOINS, a new virtual in-game currency. Players will also gain access to new mini-games and game modes through online community-run servers.
The best news? If you’re already playing Minecraft on your Switch, this new version will be available as a free download. Both physical and digital versions will hit the Switch on June 21.
Are you ready to play Minecraft on your Nintendo Switch anywhere – and soon, with anyone – when the update launches next month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.