Nintendo has just announced a surprising new feature for the physical retail version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition. When the game hits store shelves, it will bring with it a rarely-seen but often-demanded multiplayer feature: cross-platform play. Those who purchase the $29.99 game (which includes all the previously released DLC in addition to the Switch exclusive Super Mario Masu-Up Pack), or own the digital version already, will be able to sync up with users on other consoles like Xbox One or Android (a full list of compatible platforms, however, was not provided).
With this new feature also comes the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership upon its debut in September, as well as Xbox Live achievements and Gamerscore. A new in-game store will also allow players to use a virtual currency to obtain community-created items like skins, worlds, and textures, while online community-run servers will provide access to new mini-games and modes.
The physical retail version of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will come out this June. No specific day has been given yet.