Minecraft will mandatorily require a Microsoft account to play from 2021

Joanna Estrada
October 25, 2020

Mojang Studios has quite a lot going for it in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Mojang said late Wednesday that the legacy, PC-centric Java version of Minecraft will now require a Microsoft account, a decision Microsoft says it's making for security reasons and to ensure future compatibility. Players demanded two-factor authentication, literally three years, during the time that a place was provided to buy and sell content in-game.

Minecraft now has two versions a Bedrock edition, which requires a Microsoft account to enjoy, and the Java Edition, which doesn't require a Microsoft account instead needed a Microsoft account. That will change in the coming year. After this change, the accounts will be the same, but there will still be no cross-play opportunity.

This new account has improved parental controls, and these include chat/invitation blocking. They will also be able to play the game on Java servers (regardless of version) while keeping their Minecraft Java username.

More importantly, you will still be able to use your mods and skins. To sweeten the transition, Minecraft will gift players their own cape. Just do not expect crossplay between the Java and Bedrock version of the game.

"Migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory".

The timing of the move, with next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S mere weeks away from launching, is an indicator that "Minecraft" will indeed have a presence on those Microsoft consoles or, at the very least, have a free upgrade of "Minecraft: Bedrock Edition" to take advantage of the new consoles' power and graphics.

"Moving forward, all of our games will require a Microsoft account to play - including Minecraft Java Edition", Minecraft announced in an official blog post. It sounds simple enough, with better security, easier games management, and all the original benefits awaiting us in 2021.

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