Of all places to get Nintendo news, the last place you may expect some is during a Microsoft E3 conference. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft is getting some love from Microsoft in the form of cross-play. A “Better Together” update will be coming later this summer that converts the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions of the game to the Bedrock Engine. This is the same software engine that powers Windows 10, VR, and Pocket Edition releases of the game. Although your existing worlds will be safe, infinite worlds will be coming to the Switch and Xbox One. Your existing worlds will simply extend further out than before, once the update comes out.
The shift to the Bedrock Engine also means that Nintendo Switch and Xbox One players will be able to get the Minecraft Realms service. It means you will be able to access the monthly subscriber service that enables gamers to host an always-online world server with your friends. If you’re already subscribed, the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One will allow you to access the service once the update releases.
Even purchased DLC, such as skin packs, will be carried over between platforms. If you bought some Nintendo Switch skin packs, you’ll be able to use them in other versions of the game that you own. This will apply to the recently released Minecraft Marketplace too. The only exception will be platform-exclusive content. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, they are still working on that, with more details to come closer to release.
We’ve included the announcement video below, so feel free to check it out.