“Arriving this summer, the new title aims to reach more educators around the world with a richer set of features and a thriving community.”
The Persson and Bergensten developed, Minecraft, wound up becoming the huge hit no one was expecting. It has single-handedly dominated a huge portion of the LetsPlay channels and the game’s $2.5 billion acquisition in 2014 by Microsoft let everyone know that this is more than just a mere virtual Mega Bloks.
Is Mega Bloks even still around?
With that high of a price tag, you best believe that Microsoft has some big plans for this IP. At the moment we have Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, Minecraft: PS3 Edition, Minecraft: PS4 Edition, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and the beta of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. With so many different edition covering all of today’s platforms, what was next?
For Microsoft, the next endevour was education.
Minecraft: Education Edition has been an ongoing project for Microsoft since 2014, and Finland’s 2011 MinecraftEDU showed the company that a version of Minecraft for the classroom would not end up being a lost cause.
Recently, Microsoft acquired MinecraftEDU and the company is aiming to release it as a free trial for the summer under the new title, Minecraft: Education Edition.
Along with releasing a school-focused version of the game, Microsoft will also be host to, “a variety of resources like lesson plans and a new Minecraft Mentors page that allows educators experienced in Minecraft to connect with those interested in trying it for the first time.”
For more info on Minecraft: Education Edition, feel free to check out the official page.