4J Studios has already confirmed that Minecraft would be available on the PS Vita starting next week in Europe, but at the time they had no confirmation on a North America release. Today Sony has revealed that Minecraft will be hitting the American shores on Tuesday, October 14, which will coincide with the launch of the of the PlayStation TV.
But as with anything having to do with Minecraft and the PS Vita, things aren’t as cut and dry as that. The game will be available digitally starting October 14 from the PlayStation Store and cost $19.99. However, the retail release will not be in stores for another few weeks and should hit shelves starting November 11.
If you’re an EU customer, then you can expect the game to launch digitally on October 15 with the retail launch following on November 19, unless you live in Ireland or the UK in which case the retail version comes out on November 21. It will set you back €18.99/£12.99.
The game will be Cross-Save and Cross-Buy, but again there are some things to keep in mind. Minecraft is Cross-Buy with the PS3 version of the game, so if you buy it for one, you will have it for both. You can then pay $4.99 (or €3.99) to then upgrade to the PS4 version.
Cross-Save will work between the PS3 and PS Vita. Worlds can be shared back and forth between the two consoles without any problems. The PS4 however will be able to import worlds created on the Vita but once they’re imported they can not be exported again.
One further bit of interesting information is that if you pick up the physical copy of Minecraft you will receive a voucher code to also download the game digitally. This will then give you the full version of the game for PS Vita and PS3 with the option to upgrade to the PS4 for a small fee.
Are you planning on snapping up the digital version or waiting until it’s available at retail? Let us know.