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Minecraft to be the first XBLA title with frequent updates

Microsoft may be ending its limit on content distribution and speeding up its approval process, with the XBLA version of Minecraft the first title to get such treatment. In a recent interview,the developers behind the port say the plan is to catch the Xbox version up to the 1.0 build unveiled at Minecon, and Microsoft testing won’t be standing in the way.

Microsoft understands that part of Minecraft’s appeal is its ever-evolving nature. While the constant updates of the PC version aren’t feasible at this time, the developers do say Microsoft is “keen to move towards that - they do see it as the future.”

The developers confirm that Microsoft won’t be completely stepping out of the way, just speeding up their notoriously slow testing and approval process. "I think that there will always be Microsoft testing involved... But the whole turnaround of that testing they're hoping to speed up, so we can maybe roll out very [sic] two months."

Microsoft may be using Minecraft as a test case. There are certainly other games on the Xbox 360 that could benefit from frequent updates, Valve’s Team Fortress 2 comes to mind. Hopefully the XBLA version of Minecraft will usher in a new era of updates when it releases this spring.

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8 comments

  • MasterBhater - January 20, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    Typo near the end. Wrote "Vavle" instead of "Valve". Just wanted to point that out before fanboys came in
  • Defguru7777 - January 20, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    It's probably too late for Team Fortress 2, but it's good to know Microsoft is speeding up its process.
  • Japanaman - January 20, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Great. Just what I wanted. A game I have to update every single time I play. Well, good thing I don't care to try Minecraft.
  • MadMan - January 20, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Minecraft has an update maybe once a month, and they only take about 5 seconds. Oh well, your the one that is missing out.
  • GhostNappa2k10 - January 20, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    This would have been amazing, to have frequent updates, when The Orange Box was released. But, on the other hand, this means Minecraft will be up-to-date with the PC version, which should stop all the PC elitists from arguing that XBOX players won't get frequent content updates.
  • Net_Bastard - January 20, 2012 9 p.m.

    We can still argue about the lack of mods and texture packs ;P
  • GhostNappa2k10 - January 22, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Good point, but I'm sure Mojang and 4J will find a way around that issue aswell :P
  • StrayGator - January 21, 2012 2:54 a.m.

    Microsoft sees constant updates "as the future". Everyone else emloy it at the present.

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