Minecraft soon to be available on disc through retail

For the first time since its launch back in 2009, we’re excited to announce that the multi-record breaking phenomenon, Minecraft, will soon be available to buy in-store on disc across the UK, exclusively for Xbox 360!

From 28 th June fans can experience the joy of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition straight from disc and get a taste of Xbox Live Gold using an included free 48-hour subscription! Once connected to Xbox Live everyone can get the very latest Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition content from the ever-changing pixelated world, as well as experience the many other things Live has to offer such as taking favourite games online with friends or watching the latest TV and movies.

This disc version will provide the magic and experience already loved by millions worldwide and give newcomers the thrill to explore, build, and conquer alone, or play with friends via split-screen mode or over Xbox Live*. Including a wealth of new features designed specifically for Xbox 360, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is a whole new way to make imagination a blocktastic reality.

For more information on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition please visit Xbox.com

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