Minecraft is currently one of the most popular games on the market. Microsoft and its studios wasted no time in making sure it came to the Switch just a few months after the system’s launch earlier this year. Things got even better for the Switch version when it was announced at E3 in June that it would be receiving a big new update alongside the Xbox One, Windows 10 and mobile versions of the game: the ‘Better Together’ update.
This new version of Minecraft merges the specific game editions of the aforementioned platforms into one. So, instead of it being ‘Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Switch Edition‘, it’s simply Minecraft. This new version even goes as far as to allow users across all supported platforms play together with cross-platform multiplayer. The Minecraft team is actively supporting this new version of the game as the main priority, rolling out updates simultaneously across the different platforms that it supports. The Better Together update was actually released a few weeks ago…on every platform except the Switch.
It seems like Mojang and 4J Studios have run into a bit of a snag with bringing this new version of Minecraft over to the Switch. It was announced recently at the Minecon Earth event that the BT update will release on Switch sometime in 2018. Here’s the official statement:
The Nintendo Switch community will still be getting the new version of Minecraft with cross-platform multiplayer, but not until 2018. Nintendo has been a great partner and we’re really excited to fully bring Switch players into the fold, however, we need to make sure we deliver the best experience possible. So the new version of Minecraft will now be coming to Nintendo Switch next year.
It’s unfortunate that Switch users will have to wait, but here’s the bright side: Sony is still being needlessly stubborn about cross-platform play, so at least the Switch version of Minecraft will still technically end up being superior to the PS4 version whenever the update is released.
In addition to the BT update being delayed on Switch, the new Super-Duper Graphics Pack has also been pushed back to 2018 (this applies to all versions of Minecraft).