Minecraft gamers have been capable of play and not using a Microsoft account for the previous six years that the corporate has owned the sport, however that can change in 2021, the official Minecraft weblog introduced yesterday. Gamers who personal the unique model of the sport and don’t swap to a Microsoft account can be unable to play.
The sport has existed in two individually developed variations since its 2011 launch on consoles. Beforehand, the unique Minecraft: Java Version used Mojang accounts, whereas Minecraft: Bedrock Version, the title for the console and Home windows retailer model of the sport, used Microsoft accounts. After this transformation, the accounts would be the similar, however there’s nonetheless no crossplay: you continue to received’t be capable of play with buddies utilizing the opposite model of the sport.
Mojang says gamers migrating from Mojang accounts is not going to lose any info and that the brand new accounts will provide two-factor authentication (2FA) and different security options beforehand obtainable within the Bedrock Version of the sport, like parental controls and the power to dam chats and invites — a priority for youthful gamers on multiplayer servers.
Gamers can be emailed in batches within the coming months on the best way to migrate and can obtain a further notification on their profile web page after they’re capable of create a brand new account. Alongside the weblog put up, Mojang created a video to clarify the swap and preempt participant complaints:
For anybody nervous, the video is reassuring concerning the compatibility of user-generated content material and multiplayer, but it surely makes some massive assumptions about how positively you’ll really feel. The video additionally doesn’t point out one thing that would make many gamers offended: usernames for Java Version gamers are in danger.
In help articles addressing the change, Mojang is obvious that your username received’t be affected in-game, but when somebody is already utilizing your title or it doesn’t meet Microsoft’s requirements, you may be pressured to log in with a unique one. There is probably not as many names obtainable to select from, on condition that console gamers have had eight years to snap them up.
Mojang says that it was simpler to make use of Microsoft accounts to supply these new options relatively than create them from scratch, but when they’re so necessary to supply within the first place, why did they take so lengthy to reach? Gamers have requested two-factor authentication for so long as the sport has supplied a spot to purchase and promote content material — that’s three years, when you’re counting. Defending your digital objects from theft looks as if an necessary sufficient purpose to immediate a change, but it surely didn’t till now. I can’t assist however marvel if this is a matter Microsoft pressured, simplifying the administration of their greatest recreation earlier than the launch of next-generation consoles.
Whereas not as incendiary as Fb’s choice to require Fb accounts for using Oculus headsets, Minecraft continues to be one of many greatest video games on the earth and now many gamers should take motion in the event that they nonetheless wish to play.