As we know, the newest version of Minecraft 1.19 (known as the Wild Update) is releasing on June 7th, which is next Tuesday. This update adds in various missing features from 1.18, such as the Warden, and adds new mobs and biomes to the game!
However, while you may think this is what they’re only working hard on, it looks like Mojang Studios has been busy preparing some other things that really solves a lot of problems that still exist today within the Minecraft community.
Yesterday, at time of posting, Mojang Studios announced that on the same day, June 7th, Minecraft players on Windows PC no longer have to pick-and-choose their Minecraft edition when purchasing the game!
Now, you may be asking, “How does this work?” Luckily, I have the answer to that. According to the announcement, if you own any edition of Minecraft on Windows PC, you will get the other edition of Minecraft for free!
This announcement has mostly resolved the long-term conflict between purchasing Minecraft Java or Bedrock for their Windows PC. This is great news for any Minecraft player who uses a Windows 10 PC and has one of the two editions of Minecraft.
Why are you saying “Windows PC” and not "computer?"
Unfortunately, Windows 10 Edition for Minecraft is not supported for platforms such as macOS, as the name of the edition states. This is the primary reason why Mojang Studios also adds a note at the bottom, “ridiculously indecisive Windows gamers, rejoice! You now have one less choice to make.” This change is meant for Windows PC gamers only, as macOS can only run Java edition and not Bedrock edition.
How do I recieve the other edition for free?
If you only have one Minecraft edition on your Windows PC, you must wait 2-3 days after this change rolls out on June 7th as it rolls out to eligible players. You do not need to do anything to claim your free edition.
Does this mean the two editions have united into one?
No. They will remain as seperate editions of Minecraft, as the announcement states, "to be clear, Java and Bedrock will remain separate games with their own distinctive features. The only difference is that now you get both by default when buying Minecraft for your Windows PC, and access them both from the same launcher."
What if I already own both editions on my Windows PC? Will I recieve a refund?
This is a great question, as many Windows PC players own both editions already, and purchased them for different prices seperately. Currently, it’s unconfirmed if these players will recieve a refund, however, I am looking for answers from the Minecraft Discord server to YouTube videos, and I will update you guys on this.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, this is certainly a big turning point for the Minecraft community! Let me know what you think below.