Microsoft confirm Minecraft for XBLA has multiplayer
Minecraft isn’t coming until Spring 2012, but you will be able to play with friends
We haven’t heard too much about the Xbox Live Arcade version of Minecraft since it’s reveal last year, but Microsoft have confirmed that the port will feature splitscreen multiplayer locally and online multiplayer.
Microsoft have confirmed that four players will be able to play together via splitscreen, along with up to eight players online. Playing online can also be combined with splitscreen multiplayer if multiple groups of players want to craft together.
However, the multiplayer is a little different to what’s currently available on the PC version. Rather than simply creating a world, players will be involved in a survival mode, creating shelters before night arrives.
It has been revealed that multiplayer will be restricted to Friends Lists, so players can’t search for strangers. Apparently, Mojang requested a certain kind of “experience,” “to keep it [multiplayer] all friendly and non-destructive.”
Multiplayer works by a player effectively being a party leader, who hosts the map, making it accessible to friends. Friends can then always access the map.
Unsurprisingly, to work with a controller, the crafting and inventory interfaces have been re-worked. In a welcome move for new players, selecting objects to craft tells you what objects are and what materials you need to craft it.
Minecraft for Xbox Live Arcade will also include achievements. The release date for is described as around Spring 2012.
An indie hit
Minecraft has been a phenomenal success for developer Markus “Notch” Persson and his studio, Mojang. It was announced on July 1, 2011 that the title had accumulated over 10 million downloads. As of November 2011, Minecraft had been bought over 4 million times and has 16 million registered users.
Even before its 1.0 release, Minecraft was well received. In December 2012 Minecraft was selected by Good Game as Best Downloadable Game of 2010. At the same time Gamasutra named Minecraft the eight best game and eight best indie game of the year. PC Gamer UK awarded the title Game of the Year. At the Game Developers Choice Awards 2011, Minecraft won best debut game, best downloadable game and most innovate game award.