Having just launched across PlayStation 4 today — with the Xbox One version expected to hit stores tomorrow, September 5th — many gamers are questioning the status of Minecraft’s PlayStation Vita Edition.
In response to the unofficial delay, Mojang has taken to its dedicated blog to provide an update on the handheld version of the ludicrously popular sandbox title, which “should” launch for Sony’s portable device in the coming weeks.
“Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition should be with us in a few weeks. As soon as we have a more accurate date we’ll let you know. Sorry for the delay. If you already own Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition you get it for free.”
Initially, the Vita version of the game was intended to launch in tandem with the recent release on current-gen consoles; although, last-minute bug testing and polishing forced the title from its promised August release.
For compensation, Mojang also confirmed that those who already own the PlayStation 3 version of Minecraft will be able to pick up the Vita version day and date at no extra cost. However, those who wish to carry over their pixelated kingdoms onto the handheld to continue building on the go may not be so lucky, as the studio is yet to verify whether cross-save will function between Vita and PS3.
As expected, Minecraft on PlayStation Vita won’t emulate the in-game expansion expected on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, where budding architects can craft worlds up to “36 times” larger than those built on last-gen systems.
Currently, there is no word of an official launch date for Minecraft on Vita, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as new information becomes available.