Minecraft for Xbox 360 Goes Hard with Retail Launch

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The popularity of Minecraft continues to expand. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the title would become available in retail stores as a hard copy on April 30th.

A downloadable version of the title had already been made available via the popular console last year.

“This version of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” will contain all the same features and content included in the current version, as well as the new additions coming soon in the ninth title update to the game. The retail game will be exactly the same as the digital version in every way, including support for multiplayer connectivity between the retail game and the digital download, and the retail disc version will receive all the same content and feature updates as the digital version ongoing,” states a post appearing via playxbla.com.

When released in May of 2012, Minecraft for 360 set a purchase record for digital arcade titles made available via the console’s downloadable content.

In stores, the new release will cost $19.99. The retail edition will also become available in other countries including New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and others in June.