Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone won't receive any new updates due to low usage


Microsoft is putting an end to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Windows Phone development since there aren't that many active players spending time in the game that would justify the resources needed for its support.

Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans confirmed the company will no longer offer updates to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.

However, those who still use phones powered by these platforms will continue to be able to download the game from the Windows Store, at least for the time being.

Mojang, the studio developing the game, hasn't issued any statements regarding the Windows Phone version of Minecraft Pocket Edition. The last update the developers released dates from last month and brings quite a lot of new features and improvements.

The Ender Update has already made its way to Android and iOS platforms, but it seems Windows Phone players have been skipped from the initial rollout. If rumors are true, then The Ender Update won't be reaching Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone. Anyway, we're still waiting for an official announcement to confirm the information, but we're not sure one will come.

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14 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dying OS with no real advantage to it.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup. When your first party developers are giving up on it, you know it's over.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering Q3 2016 Microsoft only sold globally around 900 thousand WP/W10 mobile devices. That's 3 months timeframe. Android sold in the same timeframe 330 million smartphones. That speaks volumes. Not to mention you could buy a Lumia 550 for $28 during the holiday season. It's like they are almost at the point of giving away their devices in order to push them onto consumers.

11. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Minecraft owned by Microsoft. ROFL!

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Meanwhile Microsoft just updated Arrow Launcher yet again. If they won't support their own platform, why should anyone else?

4. keithlum

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

Microsoft=Suicide Squad

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Whatever, the end is nigh for windows mobile anyways. They'll be outring full windows 10 on ARM from here out. People need to move on. Windows Phone is dead. It's coming back but not as Windows Phone... just Windows 10 on a phone, which is what people wanted all along

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

As I mention earlier, "IF" Microsoft wanted to continue to stay relevant in smartphone market, either they TRULY FOCUS on their own platform, OR they should just proceed to release a Android phone like BlackBerry which bundle with Microsoft apps and Google Services, with they focusing so much on the Android apps, I believe they could create a decent Android phone just like other.

7. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

This is sad. Windows 10 mobile is the most fluid and satisfying OS to navigate.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I agree. I wish WP10 is a solid third option for smartphone user. Having experience it myself, I feel like strangling whoever is in charge of WP10 development for teasing us with a potential great mobile OS that fall short due to random bugs.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you like the Windows Phone interface so much, then you could get an Android phone and install a Windows Phone launcher. Or just use Microsoft's Arrow launcher. You can even get Cortana as well as other Microsoft apps. Not to mention 2.8 million apps exist on Google Play now.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Might do that later. Thanks for the suggestion. But for testing purpose i like to keep Google and Microsoft technology separate for now. Meaning my Android phone are primarily Google Services and well established apps. My WP phone are Microsoft and whatever third parties could fill the gap. My usual WP10 rant stop reading if you are tired of hearing it. I find WP10 basic functionality to be spotty example getting bluetooth to connect to speaker, sometime work flawlessly other time need to toggle the bluetooth on and off several time. Some day connect without disconnect, some day it disconnect and require a reboot. I have never experience such poor implementation of standard feature on any OS except for Linux in its early days. WP App similar, some time its save my pdf file other time nope! Which consumer could suffer this and remain in its platform, to me WP10 is an unfinished product.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Some of us tried to tell folks this years ago. Like ending Skype support for some Win Mo version but yet its didnt end support for an older version of Android. I think the Android version it supports is older than the oldest Win Mo version it supports. Anytime you support the competition better than your own platform...something's wrong. I guess when you are a fan of something you dont and cant listen to reason at times. Like many of us called it with BB, the writings on the wall for Win Mo.

14. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Well, it was good while it lasted. The smartphone market is an extremely aggresive market. I've never tried a WP10 device, but I don't like its live tile interface, It's a matter of tastes I suppose.

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