Microsoft delays retail Xbox 360 Minecraft release until June 4th

If you have been waiting to buy an old fashioned disc copy of the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, you will have to wait a little longer. Microsoft has decided to delay the retail release of the hit downloadable sandbox game for several more weeks.

Originally, Microsoft was aiming to release the Minecraft retail edition on April 30th, where it would have had all of the content made for the downloadable version up to the game's ninth title update. However, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb took to his Twitter account today to announce the delay of the Minecraft retail launch:

 

The note did not specify exactly what content the disc version is waiting for, but we can guess it's going to be delayed to include the 10th Minecraft title update from its developer 4J Studios. Disc owners of Minecraft will still be able to play against their downloadable counterparts and will receive all of the same downloadable updates to the game after the disc version is released.

The downloadable version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360 has sold over six million units since it launch nearly a year ago. Recently, Microsoft announced that players of the game have logged over one billion hours inside Minecraft.

Source: Major Nelson on Twitter

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