Minecraft Java and Bedrock editions are no longer…separately

We hope you’re not too attached to either of the Minecraft Java and Bedrock editions of one of the best building games on PC, as Microsoft and Mojang have confirmed that both will cease to exist on June 7 – and will be replaced by the Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition, so you no longer need to use them separately.

Whether or not you are a fan of the phenomenal sandbox game, you may still be confused by the presence of two different versions of Minecraft on PC – Java and Bedrock editions. PCGamesN has a handy guide explaining the difference between the two, but whatever – if you paid for one, you didn’t get access to the other. Which is kinda crazy.

Mojang and Microsoft clearly agree, as they’ve now announced (thanks Neowin) the Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition – a one-time purchase version of Minecraft on PC that replaces the separate editions. This will go on sale on June 7 and will become “the standard, only vanilla Minecraft offering on Windows PC.”

Anyone who owns the Java or Bedrock editions will see that they’ll be upgraded to the combo edition with no further purchases required, which should happen automatically – although “it may take two to three days for the game to appear when we We’re rolling it out to all eligible players, and Minecraft players should be able to play between versions without hassle.

Mojang confirms that otherwise “Java and Bedrock will remain separate games with their own distinctive features”, the only difference being that you don’t have to buy them separately and you can access both from the same Minecraft launcher. Good news for all, really, except those who recently purchased the two separately. Either way, this should make downloading Minecraft much easier.

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