Java and Bedrock editions merge, creating a Minecraft to rule them all

Minecraft’s big success didn’t come without its problems, one of which was that the original game was coded in Java. This is still the version some players prefer, for a list of reasons, but for many years the ‘standard’ edition of the game has been the Bedrock edition, which was just renamed ‘Minecraft’ in 2017.

Confused? The differences are very important for anyone who invests in Minecraft, the most important being that it is easier to modify the Java edition. Regardless of how you play, the split has always had one very notable problem on PC: essentially you had to buy both separately. Now, Mojang and Microsoft have announced that starting tomorrow, June 7, the two versions of what some consider the most successful game of all time have been brought together in Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC.

That’s some name inspired there. This gives buyers access to both editions of the game and is now the “only vanilla Minecraft offering on Windows PC. Of course, you’ll be able to cross-play with Java or Bedrock players by launching whatever edition your friends are playing.”

Players who already own one of the versions of the game will be upgraded to the duo-pack edition. Mojang says this could take a few days to fully launch, but all game owners should find that the new pack automatically appears in their Minecraft Launcher in the next few days.

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“To be clear, Java and Bedrock will remain separate games with their own distinct characteristics,” says Mojang in the blog post announcing the move. “The only difference is that you now get both by default when you buy Minecraft for your Windows PC and access both from the same launcher.”

The split between versions has not been without controversy over the years: Java players have been upset when the game started insisting on a Microsoft account (opens in new tab). But this move seems to make a lot of sense and be good for players.

As for Minecraft itself, it remains in ridiculously good health, with players waiting this month’s big Wilds update (opens in new tab). In the real world it continues to be a constant presence, being more recently used in French President Emmanuel Macron’s Reelection Campaign (opens in new tab) (although I wonder how many visitors to that server could vote). And of course, regardless of which edition they are using, players continue to create the most mind-blowing visual spectacle in this infinitely creative, blocky world (opens in new tab).

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