SWEDISH BUILDING BLOCK phenomenon Minecraft is finally coming to the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) games console.
The virtual Lego game has now sold over 13 million copies on the PC alone and over 30 million in total, but despite having Xbox and mobile versions it hasn't reached the PS3 until now.
The game uses blocky 3D vector graphics to enable players to build and explore worlds. At its simplest it is a game of building for enjoyment, while at its most complex level users risk having all of their work destroyed if they fail to meet targets.
Some critics have argued that the game lacks clear instructions, making it hard to learn, however public approval and critical acclaim have been almost universal. Speaking on the Playstation blog, Owen Hill of Mojang, the company behind the game, announced that the PS3 version of Minecraft will be available to download from this Wednesday, 18 December.
Minecraft PS3 Edition will be virtually identical to other console versions of the game, though Hill hinted, "Sony specific skins and texture packs would be cool! Fingers crossed, eh?" Standard textures and skins will be available from the Sony Playstation Store. Hill also announced that versions for the recently launched Playstation 4 (PS4) and handheld Playstation Vita are in development, however he didn't reveal release dates.
Also unclear is whether online play letting players interact with other builders on other platforms will be allowed. Sony has not revealed the price of the PS3 game, nor has it announced if it will be a cross-buy title. However, all should be revealed on Wednesday. µ
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