Last year, Microsoft surprised quite a number of gamers when it revealed the Better Together update for its massively-popular game Minecraft. The reason is, as the name suggests, this update merges several versions of Minecraft under one roof, allowing for new features such as cross-platform play. The supported versions are: Xbox One, Windows 10, mobile (iOS/Android) and also Nintendo Switch. The PS4 Edition would be on this list, but Sony is still holding out when it comes to allowing cross-platform support between its system and rival platforms like Xbox One and Switch. That’s why it was so great when it was announced that the Better Together update would also include the Switch, as Nintendo is typically seen as the one to be more stubborn than the other companies. The update released a few months ago on all the aforementioned supported platforms, but surprisingly, this didn’t include the Switch. The Switch version was instead delayed until 2018. Well, now that we’re 22 days into 2018, some folks are wondering: ‘where’s the update?’
According to the new Head of Minecraft, Helen Chiang, it’s going to be “coming soon”.
Chiang revealed this during a recent interview with Popsugar. While she’s just getting adjusted to her new position as boss, she emphasized that she’s not changing the course of the plans that were already set into play. That includes the Better Together update for the game, which seems to be at the top of the Minecraft team’s priority list. Although she still didn’t give an exact release for it, hopefully it really will be releasing soon after all.
Here’s her full statement on the matter:
“When I think about what’s next for us — well, my job is really not to change the plan that we’re on, but to focus on a number of different things. The first one is bringing over more people to Bedrock [the new game version that the Better Together update runs on]through Nintendo, and that’s coming out pretty soon.”
Whenever the update does come to Switch, it will provide new features like the aforementioned cross-play support and also a new Marketplace where master user creators can sell their creations to other players. In addition to this news, Chaing also revealed that Minecraft has now sold over 170 million units so far and now has an active player base of 74 million.