Minecraft Xbox One Release Date ‘Really Close,’ Says Microsoft VP

March 28, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Minecraft Xbox One release date is “really close,” says a Microsoft executive.

Mojang and 4J Studios are developing the game.

“I talked to [4J Studios] last night,” Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, told IGN. “They feel really good about the progress that they’re making. It’s their game, and it’d be Mojang’s game. We graciously host it on our platform.

“But unlike on 360 where they had never been on console before and the developer relationship, I’ll say, was very tight from the beginning, this is something that’s really in their hands now. They’re a full-fledged developer in every sense. They control the [release] date of that, but I’ll tell people that we’re getting really close.

“I talked with Notch [aka Mojang founder Markus Persson] last night, and they’re really excited about the quality.”

The Minecraft Xbox One edition was originally announced last year.

The Xbox 360 version was released in 2012.

A PlayStation 4 version is also in the works but will reportedly come after the Xbox One version.

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