While it became a global phenomenon while still a more humble sandbox experience, Minecraft has evolved in significant ways since Microsoft bought out Mojang. From regular content updates to multiple iterations it's kept expanding, but the 'Better Together' update is pitched as the biggest yet. The idea is simple but also impressive - players will be able to create and share their worlds across various platforms, enjoying the same experience on each.

Well, it's live, but so far it's for smart devices, Xbox One, VR and Windows 10.

It’s probably the most significant update we’ve made in Minecraft’s recent history - we’re releasing a new version of the game that lets players on Xbox, mobile, VR and Windows 10 play together!

And not only that! It lets you access oodles of player-made goodness on Marketplace! It lets you take that Marketplace goodness from one device to another! It lets you play your Realm on console (for example), hop off, then pick up where you left off on your phone! It lets you join massive servers, with communities numbering in millions of players and eccentric minigames to suit every taste!

It's exciting news, but you've no doubt noticed that although the Switch features prominently in artwork and the announcement trailer, as expected, it's not among the platforms live today. It turns out that it's been pushed back to Winter while the update is finalised.

We’re still working on getting this new version of Minecraft ready for players on Nintendo Switch. We want to make sure that everything is ready to bring this platform onboard, and there’s a lot of work to do to make that happen. After all, no one has ever done anything like this before in the history of gaming. We expect to be ready with the free Better Together Update on Switch this winter.

A bit of patience is needed, then, but it'll be an exciting update once it arrives.

[via minecraft.net]