Minecraft to be released for iPhone and iPad [Updated]

Minecraft, the insanely popular build-em-up that's been making waves on the Internet, will soon be joining Apple's mobile devices with an official port. Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, says the game will be hitting the iPhone and iPad later this year, according to Gamasutra.

Creator Markus Persson says the small screen version won't receive every feature the original version had, but rather those that make sense with the new control scheme. Heading up development is newcomer Aron Nieminen, who will be responsible for porting over the original game and giving the platform its first official Minecraft release.

While Minecraft is still in beta stages, the game has been in development for a considerable length of time. The first official release was in May 2009, and Minecraft only entered the beta stage two months ago. The fact that Mojang has started to port its work to other platforms may be a sign that a final release is imminent, but either way the beta tag hasn't stopped customers from showing their love. On January 12, Minecraft reached one million sales, and by February 8 the game had four million registered users.

Persson's project has gone from strength to strength after the founding of Mojang. PC Gamer UK named it Game of the Year, and Good Game named it Best Downloadable Game of 2010. Minecraft's future looks promising, and along with the iOS port and the final release, Persson also has plans to implement a modding API to let users change the game around and share their mods with the community.

Update: Daniel Kaplan has confirmed via Twitter that an Android version is also in development.

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Windows Phone 7 version is must to have! I hope they will start making WP7 version too

And they can make Xbox version with the same tools

thunderclap82 said,
I wonder how Apple's new subscription service will affect this release?

Ehm... not at all? Seeing how it isnt subscription based...

Leonick said,

Ehm... not at all? Seeing how it isnt subscription based...

Isn't it sort of like an MMO where you have a monthly fee? If not, then I retract my statement.

Freelancer1111 said,
How will you be able to left/right click then ?

Um...

Creator Markus Persson says the small screen version won't receive every feature the original version had, but rather those that make sense with the new control scheme.

Man, the dude who made this is having it great. Good news for him. I could never get into the game though, no matter how brilliant it is lol.

Caleo said,
Here's to hoping he'll eventually shy away from Java in favor of a better more suitable dev platform.

If he did he would have to redo the entire code...

Update will be up this week, last one was in January, there's no point of updating 30 times a week and adding new feature if they are not tested by user (witch are the Beta testers). Shame that it won't be compatible with the online MP SM ...

I really need to download the updated version of this

Good to see it coming to apple devices though, however being Java based I would honestly have expected it to make it to Android quicker?

Development on minecraft seems slow lately. It seems as if Notch is too busy rolling around in his millions of dollars of profit to care about minecraft. Login servers constantly down, no major updates in a while.. It basically seems like people are having to resort to the modding community to keep things fresh & interesting.

Caleo said,
Development on minecraft seems slow lately. It seems as if Notch is too busy rolling around in his millions of dollars of profit to care about minecraft. Login servers constantly down, no major updates in a while.. It basically seems like people are having to resort to the modding community to keep things fresh & interesting.

well right now he is a quite popular, he got the press at him mostm of the time and with the newfound company i think he has a lot of things on his plate. Got game conventions to attend etc, so right now things are going a bit slower than usual, but I believe things will start to speed up as soon as things get calmer.

think of it a bit

Caleo said,
Development on minecraft seems slow lately. It seems as if Notch is too busy rolling around in his millions of dollars of profit to care about minecraft. Login servers constantly down, no major updates in a while.. It basically seems like people are having to resort to the modding community to keep things fresh & interesting.

Seems like he might have something called a life.

Caleo said,
Development on minecraft seems slow lately. It seems as if Notch is too busy rolling around in his millions of dollars of profit to care about minecraft. Login servers constantly down, no major updates in a while.. It basically seems like people are having to resort to the modding community to keep things fresh & interesting.

Oh no! He built something millions of people are enjoying, and now he's taking some time off! Horrible!

Wombatt said,

Your profile picture goes extremely well with that comment
Oh, that's my usual face when I browse the interwebs.