Having been announced during E3 last year, Minecraft for the Xbox One is still in development and Microsoft has yet to reveal its release date.
Speaking with IGN during GDC 2014 last week, Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer said that the game’s release is “really close. However Spencer noted that the final release date will ultimately have to be decided by Mojan and 4J Studios.
“I talked to 4J Studios last night,” he said. “They feel really good about the progress that they’re making. It’s their game, and it’d be Mojang’s game. We graciously host it on our platform.
“But unlike on 360 where they had never been on console before and the developer relationship, I’ll say, was very tight from the beginning, this is something that’s really in their hands now,” Spencer continued. “They’re a full-fledged developer in every sense. They control the [release] date of that, but I’ll tell people that we’re getting really close. I talked with Notch [aka Mojang founder Markus Persson] last night, and they’re really excited about the quality.”
All this time Minecraft on the Xbox 360 has been a stunning success. It has sold more than 10 million copies since its 2012 release, not to mention the millions it has managed to sell on other platforms.
Recently the developer revealed that they had plans to integrate Oculus Rift into Minecraft. However, with the recent Facebook acquisition, the project has been cancelled.