Early in November, Mojang released Minecraft Pocket Edition for the IOS app store, and not much earlier before that the Android edition. The Tribune has not covered the Pocket Edition much since release because it was largely seen as a pretty big disappointment. We got our hands on the IOS version, which is a very limited variance on the old Minecraft creative mode. You can place blocks and build things, but no animals, no survival mode, and the maps were very small and limited compared to the original.
Mojang though, listened to the feedback of their customers, and have had to pretty much build the app from scratch again to begin setting the stage for the much requested Survival mode. Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan announced on the companies blog;
As I stated in a previous post we had an initial plan of making Minecraft – Pocket Edition more like Minecraft Creative. But alas we were wrong. We have read tons of comments and feedback and it seems like we made a huge mistake. You wanted monsters, resources, animals and more different blocks. This means that the initial code we had written didn’t exactly fit with the new plan where we wanted to add all the stuff you have been asking for. So we have been reorganizing, rewritten and changed the whole plan for Minecraft – Pocket Edition.
The major update is scheduled to be submitted to the app stores on February 8th, and will not include crafting, however will be a major step toward giving the customers what they wanted, survival mode. The Tribune will be looking forward to reporting back on or around the 8th with details on the update. Minecraft currently chugs along with 19.6 million registered players, and almost 4.6 million sales and these numbers steadily continue to grow.