We all know that the Switch doesn't have a built-in achievement system, and the debate over whether or not it would benefit the console will likely go on for some time, but this news throws a very interesting addition into the mix.
Microsoft and Mojang have confirmed that, once the game's Bedrock update has gone live, players will be able to earn achievements tied to Xbox Live by playing the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Thanks to this Bedrock update, Minecraft is being united across a whole bunch of platforms, with achievements and other features such as cross-platform play being available across all supported versions.
The achievements for the Nintendo Switch version of the game were first spotted by content creator Patrick Mata, who tweeted the following image.
It's nice to see Microsoft and Nintendo allowing this to happen, and perhaps presents more questions as to why Sony refuse to take part in cross-platform fun. Either way, if you have an Xbox Live account, and you have Minecraft on Switch, you'll finally be able to earn some achievements - just not in the way you ever imagined!
I'm fine without them, it doesn't stop me from playing dozens of games. But Nintendo is stupid not giving fans a proper built in achievements system.
That's quite something. Kinda amazing in a way.
Huh. Didn’t see this coming.
This is really amazing!
I do love trophies (achievements) on the ps3/4,have over 60 platinums but I'm ok with nintendo not having them. I do think it was very unwise to leave them out on a system level but it doesn't bother me. I'm sure my kids will strive to get all of these in Minecraft though.
I just want the Bedrock Edition to release already. The Switch version's launch window has gone from Fall 2017 to Winter 2017 to Q1 2018 to 2018 to just "still a ways away."
Well that was...unexpected!
I've never got any sense of achievement from earning Achievements - but I know that some will LOVE this
Microsoft doing what Ninten-don't! ..or do - kinda - sorta - for this one game - strangely!
Ugh I find achievements to be very annoying, on XBone u get an achievement for every little thing and it always lags up the game as well. Hope there’s an option to turn it off. Also hope we get a damn release date already I’m about ready to give up and go back to Java.
Achievements and trophies are one of most the unnecessary things in gaming. I play a game because it's fun, not because I get some worthless, virtual "reward".
@MrBlacky so ignore them. For those that enjoy them this is good news.
Add your own achievement system to the Switch, Nintendo. It’s time.
@MrBlacky trophies yes, achievements no. you get wallpapers for your dashboard every time you unlock an achievement
... "But but but MY box of silicon and microchips is better then YOUR box of silicon and microchips!!"
A step in the right direction!! Nintendo, add your own achievements!! It adds a nice layer of competition to all games. I enjoy tracking the monthly achievement race on Xbox Live between all my friends.
So they are bringing that sickness to the Switch.
How is it a sickness? You don’t like a high score chase, which is what these essentially are, ignore them! Some of you have a truly bizarre hate for something you can totally ignore.
And Nintendo is the only system without them, which tells you they are popular.
@EVIL-C fanboys - fanboys - everywhere...
I own all three - why limit yourself - best of all worlds
"presents more questions as to why Sony refuse to take part in cross-platform fun. Either way, if you have an Xbox Live account"
Asked, and answered.
Wasn’t this game is supposed to receive a huge graphical upgrade, like a year ago? Whatever happened to that?
The debate as to whether or not it would be advantages to have achievements on the switch is stupid in my opinion.
It undeniably adds content to games and something to aim for and that has been proven time and time again.
"You just earned the 'NO LIFE' trophy." - The Amazing World of Gumball, The Console
Wow, so I'll be able to earn Xbox Achievements without EVER owning an Xbox? Awesome!
Now if Nintendo could let me earn subway points without having to BUY the salads...
How's about you give us Cuphead on the Switch, too, eh...?
@Agent721 Well as long as they can be completely disabled.
''and perhaps presents more questions as to why Sony refuse to take part in cross-platform fun.''
I think this very article pretty much answers why Sony isn't taking part.
@Octane Yeah it's like no $h!+, Sony doesn't want cross-promotion of competitive hardware and wants you play the games they have IN THEIR ecosystem. I don't see how this raises more questions.
And yet Nintendo has no native achievement system. Sigh.
Give us the update already, I need to build my nether obstacle death course!
I don't need an achievement system (and I don't play Minecraft), but at the same time I'd be fine with it if as well.
I certainly hope to see more cooperation between MS and Nintendo, maybe even one day in some form on Windows?
@Dang69 Of course, and I'm not sure why people are surprised. Anyone forget about last gen?
I Saw the PlayStation 3 Wired to Play Against an Xbox 360, but You Won't
''As cool as this sneak peek was, Trion can't let the finished Xbox 360 game connect to the PS3. "Microsoft won't let Sony players play against them," Rodberg said, before suggesting we change the topic to something less sensitive.''
Why would Switch users want achievements from a dead console?
Good move, Microsoft! This buddy-buddy relationship with Nintendo has me guessing we'll see Microsoft properties on Ninty's platforms more often, likely in Smash Bros.
Edit: Removed the second "more often" for grammatical correctness. 😅
@Stocksy For some, it's about brand loyalties. For many more, it's about finances. For me, it's a bit of both. Nintendo for life (I swear that pun was not intended)!
@Kirbster1992 Good job. 👏
iPhone had this for a while so im not surprised. Pokémon Black Also had achievements, sort of. Mario Odyssey Also has achievements... so its just on a per game scenario
@Octane whomever is king in the generation takes a turn being the biggest jerk - even tho the wii outsold the xbox 360 n ps3, xbox lead everyone in software sales
"It undeniably adds content to games and something to aim for and that has been proven time and time again."
How is reaching the end of the game "adding content?"
@MH4 Ayyyy. I love cartoons a lot, so yeah.
"and perhaps presents more questions as to why Sony refuse to take part in cross-platform fun"
@Kirbster1992 "And me too also as well."
-"Apple & Onion," on several occasions
Good on Ninty and Microsoft for doing this. I'm hoping other games do this in the future. I currently play Rocket League way more on Switch than I do on Xbox
@Dang69 I thought the PS3 and Xbox 360 outsold the Wii in terms of software sales. Maybe not in revenue...
@SuperCharlie78 Personally, I don't need an achievement system. I understand they become more difficult to unlock as you progress further into a game, but I feel a little patronized when a game has to reward me for tasks as miniscule as completing a tutorial. That's probably a big part of the reason I dislike mobile gaming and didn't love collecting some of the Power Moons in Odyssey. Having pop-ups on the screen, I feel, also breaks the immersion. The appeal of fiends being able to view your progress online is a nice aspect, though. And if Nintendo could somehow tie achievements to My Nintendo awards, that could be something pretty remarkable, I'll admit.
I’m tempted now.
@SuperCharlie78 If you're fine without them, then why do you think it's stupid that Nintendo doesn't have them?
"In my day, we didn't have some fancy extra menu to show us how well we were doing--it was difficult enough to get more than one gameplay screen! We just used our own sense of accomplishment!" ~Cranky Kong
Seriously, though, this was how I always did it. Like with the Kirby series' arena modes--the game didn't tell me to play through it with each ability exclusively, nor did it record the times for each (of course, it does NOW, in Star Allies.) I set that goal for myself. You don't need the game to do that for you.
And if it's more the whole "tracking your accomplishments against your friends" thing that you like...well, you can post scores and victory screens to social media if you TRULY need that kind of validation on Switch. Not that I get the reasoning for wanting such a thing. But I've never been at all competitive, so the concept doesn't interest me much. I suppose I can understand why the general populace might want it, though.
To each their own, as it were.
Thank you Microsoft!
What's wrong with in-game lists like Smash Bros' Challenges, Bayonetta's Bewitchments, and other similar systems? What difference does it make?
I'm just hoping Mojang can somehow include the Java version of Minecraft into this crossplatform thing they've got going on right now.
God knows I would love to play on the Vox Populi server (which famous YouTuber Markiplier made famous) that I am a part of on my Switch while I am on the go.
Nintendo destroying it in 3...2...1!
@shaneoh Achievements add content to games. When you finish a game replaying for difficulty achievements is popular. Also finding hidden content just for achievements etc
Yeah that's not adding content. Different levels of difficulty and secrets/easter eggs have been a part of gaming for years (DOOM fits both). Adding a pointless popup for doing something you were already capable of doing, isn't adding content, take it away and the content is still there.
@MH4 Yeah I get that on both points - although I find no brand is particularly loyal to its fan base so i'm not sure why we should be blindly loyal back...
@Stocksy Well, if a brand did everything their fan base wanted, there would be no room for innovation. It'd just be constant fan service. And that'd be a pretty bad game in my opinion.
@Octane About 99 percent sure the Wii only outsold everyone in console units. Wii games sold well then slowed wayyyy down after like 2 years.
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