Microsoft announced yesterday that the Bedrock version of Minecraft will launch on June 21 on Nintendo Switch. Just like with the Better Together Update on Xbox One, the Bedrock version will be made available for free on the Nintendo eShop for those who already own the existing Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition of the game. A physical retail copy of the Bedrock version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch will also launch on the same day in stores.
This all means that Nintendo Switch gamers will now be able to enjoy cross-play with other Minecraft players on Xbox One, Windows 10, Android, iOS, and VR Platforms. And just like on the other platforms, Minecraft on Nintendo Switch will now support achievements and Gamerscore, reflecting players’ activities and experiences within the game. Of course, the update also gives access to the Minecraft Marketplace, where players can purchase unique maps, skins, and texture packs from creators.
This marks a new milestone for the game and marks a big step for uniting Minecraft players across devices. “We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to bring an amazing experience to the Nintendo Switch system’s dynamic and rapidly-growing ecosystem and couldn’t be more excited to deliver what Minecraft players have been asking for,” said the head of Xbox Phil Spencer. On a different note, there is still no word about the PlayStation 4 being updated with the Bedrock engine at some point.