Editorial: Is Minecraft PC edition on the backburner?

Since Microsoft bought Mojang, several great (or at the very least, interesting) things has happened to Minecraft. The announcement of Minecraft: Story Mode, a possible port to Microsoft HoloLens in the future, Minecraft being featured in Microsoft commercials, and even contributing to Minecraft: PE development have all been beneficial to Minecraft and it's community. But do you notice something missing?

You might have noticed that it's been eight months since the last major Minecraft PC update, version 1.8. The only major release since then was an April Fools snapshot that didn't tell us anything about PC Edition besides it would be called "The Combat Update."

Let's be honest - Minecraft PC already has a slow development cycle. There are only a few developers working on the game at all, and Microsoft (at least, not publicly) hasn't done anything to help or slow development. Curiously, a "large team" at Microsoft has been working with Mojang to help speed along Minecraft PE development at least since April. So why haven't they done anything for PC?

It's not really clear where the future is for Minecraft: PC Edition at this point. Even before the Microsoft purchase, Minecraft PC was already suffering from a lack of speedy development. The infamous Mod API was originally slated for release back in Minecraft 1.8 Beta. Granted it has taken a lot of development and rewriting Minecraft, but there has been no progress from the developer's side yet.

Considering Minecraft has been featured in commercials for the Microsoft Surface 3 and briefly in a showcase reel at Microsoft's Build 2015 conference, it's hard to say it's dead. After all, why would Microsoft show off Minecraft on their products and then let it die?

Right now there's two ways Minecraft will continue to exist - either as a low priority for Mojang and Microsoft compared to the real money makers (Pocket and Console Editions), or Minecraft is about to have a huge update. If there is going to be a huge update, it's beyond Minecraft 1.9 - Mojang already confirmed it won't have any significant internal changes.

So all we can do is wait. Just like we have been waiting for the Mod API.

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Tyler Clements
May 2, 2015 at 8:36 AM delete

I honestly think Mojang is just so caught up in the Microsoft buyout and a bunch of other things. Maybe they're doing the same thing as Valve is right now, and they're coming up with something secret. But PC edition does have its own developers, as does console/pocket editions. My intuition says something is up.

May 2, 2015 at 8:40 AM delete

The PC version has always been ahead of Console and Pocket Edition. I hope it stays this way

May 2, 2015 at 9:04 AM delete

I hate that this is true. I have been waiting for a new snapshot for way to many months.

May 3, 2015 at 5:03 AM delete

It's been eight months??? That's hard to believe. And anyways, I don't care at all if they work on the PE more than PC. The pocket edition is much too far behind in my opinion. It needs redstone and commands!! Even if Microsoft doesn't update the PC I think it's still more fun than PE. In fact, I don't even play PE anymore.

May 4, 2015 at 2:52 AM delete

Ever since Realms was introduced the stated goal was to allow all versions of Minecraft to play together. Mojang/Microsoft might be withholding further breaking changes with this in mind.

yo chicken (yo chicken)
May 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM delete

wow minecraft on a backburner seems impossible but wow they have actually pulled it off im impressed could have not done better myself but redstone miner you might be right i might actually take a year actually or like you said eight months but this wll definally hit the back burner especially with these new updates there gonna blow pe editon out the water for real btw watch this video for more info on the new minecraft updates and other platform upgrades