The amusing “but does it run Crysis?” question has a cousin: “but does it run Minecraft?” The makers of Raspberry Pi can now officially say that yes, yes it does.

While you can’t download Minecraft to play on your Raspberry Pi just yet, you will be able to do so very soon. The company sent a bunch of boards out to Mojang in Stockholm “a little while back,” which resulted in a port of Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

Called Minecraft: Pi Edition, the latest flavor of the popular game carries “a revised feature set” and “support for several programming languages,” so you can code directly into Minecraft before or after you start playing. That means you can build structures in the traditional Minecraft way, but you can also break open the code and use a programming language to manipulate things in the game world.

Pi Screenshot 730x531 Minecraft ported to the Raspberry Pi, to be officially released as Minecraft: Pi Edition

The above screenshot is all we have to go on right now: there’s no video of the new game in action yet.

Mojang gave Raspberry Pi the following statement:

The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.

Minecraft: Pi Edition was unveiled officially today at Minecon in Paris but still doesn’t have an official release date other than “soon.” We do know, however, that it will be a free download and will thus likely be yet another instant hit.

See also – A double helping of Pi: Hit mini-computer Raspberry Pi now available with 512MB of RAM and Indie game phenomenon Minecraft has now sold more than 8 million copies for Windows

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