Minecraft's Xbox Release To Usher In More Frequent Live Updates?


Posted January 20, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

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Soon, very soon now, you'll be able to play Minecraft on your Xbox 360. The port was announced at E3 last year and the smart money pegs it as a likely candidate for a Summer of Arcade release, given its high-profile status. The thing about Minecraft, a fact which all PC fans are aware of, is that it's gotta have updates. Lots of 'em. It's something that doesn't necessarily mesh well with Microsoft's notoriously lengthy Xbox Live update certification process. It seems, however, that things may be changing.

Paddy Burns, chief technology officer at Minecraft port developer 4J Studios, suggested as much in a recent interview with Edge. "Microsoft knows that to do a similar thing that's on PC where they constantly update it, that's a very difficult thing to do on Xbox because you have to go through the full tests," he said. "But they are quite keen to move towards that - they do see it as the future, so I think we might be the first to do constant updates."

According to Burns, the plan/hope is to go with bi-monthly updates for Minecraft on XBLA. Looking at the bigger picture, a quickening of the certification process means a better experience in all games, since updates and fixes will be able to be rolled out in a more timely fashion.

Source: Edge

Minecraft's Xbox Release To Usher In More Frequent Live Updates?


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