The Pocket and Windows 10 Editions of Minecraft are getting a new Marketplace to share and purchase community content, along with a new in-app currency.
Microsoft and Mojang have today announced the “Marketplace”, a new digital storefront for the Pocket and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft. The new store launches with the upcoming ‘Discovery Update’ for the title and allows players to purchase maps, texture packs, minigames, and so on.
Mojang say they’ve teamed up with “well-known” crafters in the Minecraft community to create these add-ons, but modders with a registered business can apply to Microsoft Studios to sell their wares on the store.
To purchase these add-ons, players will need to purchase a new in-app currency, called ‘Minecraft Coins’. Creators of these community add-ons will receive the “majority” of the proceeds after the 30% platform-holder cut (presumably after Microsoft also takes a slice out of that pie).
Players with Xbox Live accounts bound to their Minecraft game will be able to move their purchases across devices, although that side of stuff is still in the works, according to the studio.
Mojang says the new store will launch in the US Spring (that’s June to August for the rest of us) and they’ll begin testing the new currency in a public beta on Android mid-April, although none of the new community content will show up in that beta.