Minecraft - Aquatic update coming to all platforms, will be the "last big effort" for the Wii U version

As you’ve probably heard, the Update Aquatic is soon to bring all kinds of underwater fun to players on Java Edition and the new Bedrock Engine-based versions of Minecraft for Xbox One, Switch, mobile and Windows 10. But we won’t be leaving crafters on other consoles high and dry!

Arriving a little while after the initial launch, players on PlayStation 4 Edition, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Wii U will all receive the Update Aquatic. With the exception of PlayStation 4 Edition, this will mark the last big effort to keep those editions up to date with our newer versions of the game. Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5% of our active players, so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most and where we plan to add new features: on Java, PlayStation 4 Edition and the versions of Minecraft made with the Bedrock Engine on other consoles, mobile, and Windows 10.

Because players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will be able to upgrade to the new version of Minecraft, with all the Aquatic fun included, we won’t be adding the Update Aquatic features to the older Editions of the game that are still playable on these consoles. So it’s a good time to take the plunge with the new version! If you own the older version of Minecraft on Xbox One, you can grab the new version of Minecraft from the Xbox store for free. Switch players will receive a patch for the Update Aquatic once it releases and will also be able to install the new version of the game for free.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: eshop, wii-u, switch


Does this mean the "better together" update for switch is imminent?

That's the first question which popped into my mind too when I read this. Because isn't the Bedrock update the better together system/software/world they are using for Better Together?

Thu May 03 18 07:19pm
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It is. And the Switch Bedrock Edition has been previewed at least ten times already on the official Minecraft Twitch channel by now. They first showed it a couple months ago but still had some testing going on, and more recently they started showing it more and more, like once a week, though they'd sometimes still come across one bug or another, live on stream, so they still have to iron some minor things out before they submit it to Nintendo for approval, and then only after that process, which can take a couple weeks, if Nintendo finds nothing to complain about which would further delay it, only then could they announce an official release date.

That was my understanding, yeah!

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