Minecraft: Xbox 360 Retail Edition Delayed

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Retail Edition Delayed

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The disc-based version of Minecraft for Xbox 360 has been delayed until June 4th.

Minecraft has been available for download on the Xbox 360 for close to a year now and it would be safe to call it a success. A mere five days after its release to Xbox Live Arcade, the game had already sold more than a million copies. It would go on to dominate XBLA sales for months and has remained a profitable and prominent entry in the Xbox 360's digital library ever since. Hoping to translate this success to some retail sales, Microsoft announced a disc-based edition of the game in March. Originally pegged with an April 30th release date, it has now been announced that the retail version has been pushed back to June 4th.

"In order to include the very latest content, the retail version for Minecraft: Xbox 360 has been delayed until June 4th," said Xbox spokesperson Larry Hryb, in a Tweet. Hryb offered no specifics regarding exactly what the "latest content" might entail. That said, the game's ninth update, released on April 5th, brought with it a slew of bugs and other issues that 4J Studios, the developer behind the 360 port, has since been working to correct. Microsoft could have conceivably pushed the retail release back to provide time for the corrective update to be completed so the retail version can launch problem free.

The delay is likely to disappoint some, but luckily the digital version is still ready, available, and priced roughly the same as the 19.99 retail edition. Unfortunately, the issues from the recent update are still in effect, and if the next patch does line up with the launch of the disc version, it could mean a few months of waiting for them to be fixed. On the plus side, the PC version of Minecraft is alive and well, having recently reached the milestone of 10 million copies sold.

Source: Polygon

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Glad to see the Xbox players are getting the full Minecraft experience. Updates creating more problems than they fix is a very common feature in the PC version as well.

I cannot see the physical copy doing that great though. If 10 million copies have already been sold, I'd think the vast majority of people interested would have it by now. Then again, perhaps this will be of more interest to the kind of person who doesn't play online, only really gets games from physical stores themselves or doesn't trust digital versions.

Even if that is the case, I'd be surprised if the numbers shot up dramatically.

If I was going to buy a physical copy of Minecraft, I'd rather get it for PC.
Mods, Mods, Mods!

The rumor is that they're still trying to figure out how to get square discs to run in a DVD drive...

Game is out for almost four years.
Port is out for almost one year.
Boxed release is still delayed.

Some things never change.

nice i wanted to get it awhile ago but my hard drive is almost filled.

Dr.Awkward:
The rumor is that they're still trying to figure out how to get square discs to run in a DVD drive...

you win.

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I played a bit of Minecraft a couple of years ago, some adventure mode but mostly build mode. I don't have nearly enough free time to do much with it but I still plan on grabbing a physical copy. I didn't even know there was going to be a physical copy anyway so, yay I suppose.

Dr.Awkward:
The rumor is that they're still trying to figure out how to get square discs to run in a DVD drive...

If they do it right then they can run all sorts of oddly shaped disks in an optical drive without a problem. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootable_business_card and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaped_CD. In fact; http://doctor-who-collectors.wikia.com/wiki/Variations_on_a_Theme_%28CD%29 was a square disk!

DVS BSTrD:
If I was going to buy a physical copy of Minecraft, I'd rather get it for PC.
Mods, Mods, Mods!

But if you are going to mod it, it would suggest you have a gaming computer with a connection to the Internet. Why would you need a physical copy of a game that has already existed for 4 years with an established modding community. Obviously the physical copy isn't for you, it is for the people who don't have their Xbox connected to Xbox online and would be able to get updates instantly.

Dr.Awkward:
The rumor is that they're still trying to figure out how to get square discs to run in a DVD drive...

You know what? I'd buy the hell out of a copy of minecraft on a disk if it was a square.

Also, I just realized something: How many floppy disks would it take to hold minecraft?

Well this would explain why so many hundreds of people were trying to tell me how to do my job these last couple weeks...

already have digital copies of Minecraft on the PC and 360 lol...so unless the retail has 1000G Achievements (doubtful :'c ...) then I don't really need a physical copy lol

 

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