With Microsoft’s resources, Mojang has managed to bring Minecraft to an array of new platforms – but they are not unified. Each platform is segregated, with its own set of features. That could be changing soon.
In an interview with Business Insider, Jonas Martensson – the CEO of Mojang – said the next big goal for Minecraft is to let “all players on all platforms [be] able to play with each other.”
Minecraft is available on iOS, Android, Linux, macOS, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, HoloLens, and three separate sub-platform versions – Windows 10, GearVR, and Raspberry Pi.
The list of platforms is massive, and that is on purpose – but it is splitting the player base into tiny islands who can’t talk to each other.
Minecraft Realms – Mojang’s own multiplayer server hosting service offers two separate options for a server. It is clear, things have gotten out of hands.
Why is this segregation happening?
Well, the answer is quite simple; each platform comes with its own features that are not present on the other platforms. On Windows alone – there are two platforms, the original Java version, and Windows 10 Edition.
While the Java version is the most refined version and has an enormous modding community, the Windows 10 Edition is only getting a basic (but official) modding support in the October update.
There are several issues similar to that – big or small; these discrepancies make it impossible to have a unified Minecraft that is cross platform.
What is coming for Minecraft?
If Microsoft is actually committed to making Minecraft a brand that lasts a hundred years – only one thing is to be done, and that is to unify all platforms.
It is a highly difficult challenge, but Microsoft has the resources to deal with it.
When Business Insider directly asked Martensson whether “one day, there will only be one core, unified version of Minecraft for all devices” with feature parity and the ability for all players to be able to play with each other across platforms, his reply was a “maybe” with a brief pause.
This might seem like a contradiction to his first statement – however, the keyword is ‘only.’ The original Minecraft version written in Java by Notch himself might stick around for quite a while – without being merged with the ‘new’ Minecraft.
Then… we might have a cross-platform Minecraft, but only if you are willing to give up the freedom original PC Minecraft offers.
“There shouldn’t be any more worries,” says Martensson.