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Minecraft takes a big step towards becoming a fully cross-platform game

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Mojang, the company behind the game which Microsoft acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, took the floor at E3 to announce its first move to unite gamers across different operating systems.

While the cross-platform support is partial and it applies to Realms only, it is a telling step towards the Minecraft of the future: players connected across all platforms.

With a little new software you can have a Star Wars-themed Minecraft, live in a Frozen world, customize it with security agents, and many other hundreds of alternatives.

The initial add-ons enable city-style building blocks or plastic blocks, while Mojang showed off some very cool customizations that turn the evil mobs of Minecraft into aliens, complete with a UFO base.

The company isn t saying too much more about add-ons for now, but it did tease that there will be more news in September when it hosts its annual Minecon event.

This week s news follows a busy slate of Minecraft announcements of late, which have included plans to launch in China, a beta release of Minecraft Education, the use of real-world AI in Minecraft, and more.

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