Remember back in November when Geoff told us about a Minecraft clone for iOS devices? Minecrafted, it was called. It didn’t last long in the App store, getting pulled promptly for using the original game’s code. Since then there has been a square-shaped hole in the App store just waiting for something Minecraft-y to fill the void. Sure, there have been other iOS imitators, but nothing that brings the full Minecraft experience to an iPhone or iPad. That will change later this year, when the crafty minds at Mojang bring an official Minecraft app to iOS devices.
As Mojang head, and Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson revealed to Gamasutra, the port will be handled by Aron Neiminen, a new addition to the Mojang team. The iOS version of Minecraft won’t necessarily include all of the features of the browser and downloadable original, but instead have the features which “make sense” on a touch-screen device. Which features that refers to is still unknown, so while fans need not yet rage about a watered-down port, expectations should also be tempered for a portable supplement to the original game. There’s no release date yet for the official Minecraft app, with a tentative date of “later this year.” On the bright side, at least we now know an official Minecraft app is in development.