Mojang, the developer behind popular video game Minecraft, has announced that after the upcoming ‘Update Aquatic' release, the game will not update on older consoles.
Players on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Wii U will all receive the latest update shortly after the initial launch hits newer systems.
But this will be the last new update that is compatible with these platforms.
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Minecraft players on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Wii U will all receive the Update Aquatic shortly after the initial launch hits newer systems, but this will be the last new update that is compatible with these platforms
‘This will mark the last big effort to keep those editions up to date with our newer versions of the game,' Mojang said in a post on their website.
‘Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5 percent of our active players'
‘So we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most and where we plan to add new features,' they added.
Minecraft will still be available on Java, PlayStation 4 Edition and the versions of the game made with the Bedrock Engine on other consoles, mobile, and Windows 10.
The company also will not be releasing Update Aquatic on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, as users can upgrade to the newer version for free.
Minecraft was first released in 2011, and by early 2018 over 144 million copies had been sold, making it the second best-selling video game of all time.
Minecraft was first released in 2011, and by early 2018 over 144 million copies had been sold, making it the second best-selling video game of all time
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Modern video games often require players to be adaptable and resourceful.
They force players to find multiple ways of accomplishing a task.
The way games are designed often encourages critical thinking and reflective learning, commonly cited as desirable attributes in graduates.
The study's lead researcher suggests that video games could have a role to play in the future of higher education.
In September 2014, Microsoft announced it was buying Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property for $2.5billion.
Microsoft recently released a major overhaul to the quality of Minecraft's graphics.
With the update, launched in 2017, it gave users 4K HDR graphics and be given access to the ‘Super Duper Graphics Pack', which adds stunning effects to scenes such as sparkles on rippling water and dynamic shadows.
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