And more Minecraft content is arriving in December
Microsoft keeps adding value to Xbox Game Pass, on both the actual Xbox platforms and the PC. So the addition of Minecraft on Game Pass is a thing, and is happening on November 2. It’s kind of a big deal, as you’ll actually get both the Java and Bedrock versions. It’ll also support cross-play, naturally, which Microsoft says will work across consoles, Windows 10, and Windows 11; with a unified launcher.
[Update: The Minecraft: PC Bundle is available now for Game Pass PC subscribers.]
The company actually announced the Minecraft on Game Pass news during Minecraft Live this past weekend, but re-iterated that the date is holding as of this morning. It’s a smart move, seeing as Minecraft is a first-party game after all, and it behooves Microsoft to continue to shift people toward the Game Pass model. While they haven’t shared cold hard financial data (and haven’t for some time since the Xbox One era), they seem to be committed to the system, and the reception has been overwhelmingly positive overall.
In other Minecraft-related news, Minecraft Dungeons will be getting new seasonal adventures in December, and Minecraft proper is getting Caves and Cliffs: Part II “later this year.” As a reminder, Caves and Cliffs: Part I was released around the time of E3 2021, and added more nuances to the world of Minecraft including animals and structural blocks.