Mojang has revealed plans for Minecraft Realms that will provide a simple server set-up, giving them control of what is and what’s not allowed in their world. The step comes with the notion of keeping the kids ‘safe’ and to give parents a break from acting like server administrators.
“Our costumers [for Realms] are parents who are tired of trying to act as server administrators on behalf of their kids,” says Carl Manneh, CEO of Mojang. “Minecraft Realms will be a simpler kind of service, aimed at families and kids. In the future we aim to offer certain profiles with mods that are certified to work without crashing, but this will still be a safe and easy way for kids and families to play Minecraft online.”
According to the developer only the host of the world will require a realm account, which will cost around $10 to $15 per month. Others who want to join the realm will only require a copy of the game and a stable Internet connection.
“In the end I think this will get Minecraft new players, since there is a viral aspect of Realms,” Manneh continues. “Kids will probably invite friends who don’t have Minecraft yet to play with them. All we know is that there has been a great demand for this service. We have never tried to sell anything to our gamers except the game itself and a little merchandise, so it’ll be very interesting to see if the community will be prepared to pay for a service like this.”
Minecraft Realms are currently in alpha and an open beta may go live in May.[via GameIndustry]