Minecraft coming to Xperia PLAY

The XperiaPLAYGames YouTube channel has released a new teaser trailer for Minecraft on Sony's Xperia PLAY phone. The video shows a few seconds of silent gameplay as the phone slowly spins in the air and the PlayStation-like buttons slide out, looking remarkably shiny. Given the game's phenomenal popularity, it comes as no surprise that it's making the jump from PC to mobile gaming.

Above: The video is accompanied by this enigmatic text: “Not long to go now… how long until Minecraft arrives?

The mobile version of the game is a timed exclusive for the Xperia PLAY Phone, so it will be available on Sony's platform first and then move to competing mobile devices — including other Android phones and the iPhone. Neither Sony nor Minecraft devs Mojang have said anything about the game actually making the Xperia PLAY phone levitate, but based on the teaser, it absolutely will — we're 99 percent sure.

Minecraft was developed for PC, so it won't be a straight port to Android phones, but exactly how it will change remains to be seen. Mojang said, in an interview with Gamasutra, that it knows mobile gamers have “different attention spans and thus the game needs to be customized to fit the mobile specifications." You can see a bit of early gameplay on a Xperia PLAY phone below, but it's obviously sped up and a bit jerky, so don't take it as final gameplay footage.


Aug 9, 2011

Source: Game Front 

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  • therawski - August 9, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    And only the Verizon-locked version is available to US customers who also care about getting signal fast enough to use this thing as a phone. Save your money.
  • dobbaaa - August 9, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    I've just bought this phone and it is actually very good, the game pad works much better than i thought it would, highly recommend it :)
  • Bloodstorm - August 9, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    @badgraphix1, Minecraft Portable, and Minecraft 360 are being developed independently (sort of). Notch has a team hired to work on the Android version, and a third party team porting it over for the 360. Notch is still working solely on Mincraft actual.
  • Bloodstorm - August 9, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    Pretty old news. Like, this was announced before E3, late. @Zepaw, Minecraft is not an MMORPG, not even an MMO (unless you have a server with crazy RAM). Just a Sanbox building and adventure game.
  • badgraphix1 - August 9, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    @Vitreosity But didn't Notch also say that once he's done with the main version of Minecraft, future updates would come in the form of expansions? So it'd only make sense to release it at that time.
  • Vitreosity - August 9, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    This is pretty old news :3 And badgraphix1, it's not a finished product because it will never be "finished". If you've ever played an MMO, it's just like expansion packs and patches for those - You can play the game, but they're going to keep putting in new content for you to play around with. Notch actually mentioned it in the proof of concept for the documentary; he doesn't think Minecraft will ever be finished.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 9, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    This is gonna make people buy the phone. Great news for Minecraft and Android lovers.
  • badgraphix1 - August 9, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    You'd think they'd wait till the PC version is finished before porting it to other devices, but no, I guess not.
  • Zepaw - August 9, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I have had too many negative experiences with Android phones or I would have been interested in the Xperia Play. Does this need to be hooked to Wifi? I know some MMORPG I tried on iOS from Gameloft needed a wifi connection. Although with uinlimited plans being phased out in US you wouldn't want to pour away all that data.

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