Minecraft—be it for iOS, Android, Gear VR or the version in the Windows 10 store – got a major upgrade today: Realms. Worlds built in the game can now be shared cross-platform, allowing users of the different versions to explore each other’s creations.
Lydia Winters and Sax Persson of the Minecraft team was ready to show off “the friendly update,” as they called it. Winters demonstrated the cross-platform experience by playing on an iPad while Pierson jumped into an Xbox Live friends list on a Surface tablet. Soon they were playing together – and id games legend /Demisecreator John Carmack surprised them with a drop-in via Gear VR. “Minecraft Rich lets you play how you want, when you want, on whatever device you want,” the duo explained. (They noted that dedicated servers for Rich let others play with you even when you’re not online.)
Later in the year, these new versions of the game will receive support for mods and expansions, such as new skins that replace the zombies with fireball-shooting aliens. These capabilities will also be coming to the console version in 2017. Winters and Pierson concluded by teasing more information at MineCon in September.
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