Minecraft and Raspberry Pi are both known worldwide because of their innovation and fresh take on their genres. Minecraft is the indie game hit that has sold over 10,000,000 copies, whilst the Raspberry Pi is a super cheap and super portable take on desktop computing. It allows to be easily modified and is accessible by all.
Naturally then, Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft have been working hard to bring a special custom version of the game to the Raspberry Pi. This version is surprisingly titled, Minecraft Pi Edition. With this version of the game, Mojang intended to create a smaller version of Minecraft, that is much akin to the Pocket Edition title, that is easily playable on the slightly lower specs of the Raspberry Pi.
However, Minecraft Pi Edition’s main purpose is not really to be played, it’s to be “hacked”. Yes, Mojang are quite happy for budding developers to jump in and mess around with the game’s source code. People have been modding Minecraft since it”s early days, but until now, it has never been so easy. With Mojang openly allowing modification of their precious game.
Mojang have pledged to continue supporting the Pi Edition of Minecraft, with regular updates for gamers who choose to play this version. Here’s the official statement from Mojang:
The first iteration of Minecraft: Pi Edition is now available! And it’s completely free to download. We’re adding new features in due course, but thought you guys would appreciate us getting something out to you as soon as possible.
What we love about the Pi Edition of Minecraft is that it’s completely free and Mojang have pledged to keep it that way! Meaning, that this is the only legal way to play Minecraft for free, so it’s well worth a look if you don’t fancy shelling out for the full game.
Minecraft Pi Edition is a huge step forward for the Swedish developer, it truly shows how they want others to embrace in the spirit of indie game development. If you haven’t yet picked up a Raspberry Pi, this is another great reason why you most certainly should. You can find all the information on how to do so, over at the Minecraft website.