Earlier in the year, Mojang announced that it would be ending support for the PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, and Wii U versions of Minecraft.
True to their word, these last-gen versions of the game have now received one final update, with no more to come. Ever. 4J Studios pointed out the happy news on their Twitter account.
As we pack up our Xbox 360, PS3, PSVita and WiiU development kits, we're getting all nostalgic 😢
Please share some of your best memories over the past six and a half years of Minecraft on these consoles! pic.twitter.com/lZhpQUgtLu
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) December 18, 2018
So what does this final update for last-gen editions of Minecraft do? Well, not much to be honest. A new Nightmare Before Christmas texture pack has been added to the game, and that’s about it.
There’ll be no more updates for the game going forward, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t play online, build, and whatever else it is you kids do in Minecraft.
Given that Minecraft is currently available on is PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Kindle, and Android, ending development on a third of those platforms should make life a little easier for Mojang.
Between this and Microsoft’s push for crossplay under the “better together” initiative, it’s pretty clear that the company is trying to get all its Minecraft ducks in a row and create a truly unified version of the game.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.