Minecraft has had a long run, and it’s now gone on so long that it’s officially jumping console generations.
The console version of Minecraft first released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and versions of the game are also available on PlayStation Vita and Wii U. Those versions of the game will still be playable, but after the next big Minecraft update, won’t receive any further content updates.
“[The upcoming Update Aquatic] will mark the last big effort to keep those editions up to date with our newer versions of the game,” a blog post on the Minecraft site reads. “Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than five percent of our active players, so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most.”
According to the post, the most popular places to play Minecraft are the Java PC version, the PlayStation 4 Edition, and the versions that run the Bedrock Engine (which includes the newer console, mobile, and Windows 10 versions of the game). In order to keep up with newer updates to Minecraft, the post encourages players to trade in their older versions of the game for ones on current consoles.
The Update Aquatic is set to roll out sometime in the second quarter of 2018.