There is good news for those who had been wishing for Minecraft to work on your Raspberry Pi microcontroller board. Mojang, the makers of the globally popular virtual world building game has launched a version of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Raspberry Pi, called Minecraft Pi Edition. The game was launched during Minecon, which was held in Paris on 24th of this month. The game will soon be available as free download.
The developers say Minecraft Pi Edition will come with several new features and will support various programming languages. This will provide an opportunity to not just play Minecraft on a device that costs just $35, but also to modify and build the game further by modifying the codes.
The makers of Minecraft said the following in a blog post:
“Soon you’ll be able to play and program with Minecraft on one of the snazzy little devices. Aron and Daniel have dedicated time to porting a version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that comes with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. We’re calling it Minecraft: Pi Edition, and it will be completely free to download.”
“The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.”
Minecraft Pocket Edition is the lite version of Minecraft for PC and does not have several features such as the ability to craft items out of gathered resources. Minecraft Pi Edition will also likely be limited to some extent, but the programming on Raspberry Pi ought to be fun. It is also not yet clear whether Minecraft Pi Edition will run on older Pi boards which have only 256MB RAM onboard against the 512MB available with the latest Raspberry Pi models.
Via: Raspberry Pi