Mojang mentioned late Wednesday that the legacy, PC-centric Java model of Minecraft will now require a Microsoft account, a choice Microsoft says it’s making for safety causes and to make sure future compatibility.
Mojang’s Minecraft has all the time lived parallel lives: The legacy Java version has all the time been far more open, allowing modding and extra unrestricted gameplay. In the meantime, the separate although associated Bedrock model of the sport—particularly designed for Xbox, Android, Home windows 10 and extra—has been extra locked down, and already required a Microsoft account, too. Up to now, Minecraft is ranked as the most well-liked online game ever, with greater than 200 million downloads.
Now, the Java model of Minecraft is being introduced underneath the Microsoft umbrella, too. The transition will happen in 2021, although gamers signing up for the Java model of Microsoft shall be required to enroll a Microsoft account starting this fall.
In a blog post, Microsoft says that the Java model of Minecraft will nonetheless retain its freedom, however will nonetheless require the tens of millions of Java gamers to sign up with a Microsoft account. Microsoft mentioned it’s doing so to allow two-factor authentication for safety causes; to attach a number of Mojang video games, comparable to Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons collectively; and to permit parental controls and chat blocking. Every Mojang account would require their very own Microsoft account, in response to a Microsoft FAQ. Account switching shall be constructed into a brand new PC launcher.
“Now simply to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is necessary. Should you don’t make the transfer, in a number of months you gained’t have the ability to log in anymore—which suggests you gained’t have the ability to play both,” Microsoft mentioned.
Microsoft made clear that all the things else concerning the Java sport will stay the identical, together with mods and skins, and devoted Java variations of the sport’s servers. To sweeten the transition, Minecraft will reward gamers their very own cape.
It’s not clear what number of Minecraft customers this determination will have an effect on. In Might, Helen Chang, the pinnacle of Mojang Studios, said that 126 million gamers play the sport every month, with out breaking out the variety of gamers on every model and platform. Up to now, Minecraft has been downloaded greater than 200 million instances, Nonetheless, when Microsoft originally purchased Mojang and Minecraft for $2.4 billion in 2014, the Java model was nonetheless the one version accessible. Avid gamers should both settle for the brand new guidelines or depart the sport completely.
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