Minecraft: Pi Edition, a specially tailored version of Minecraft Pocket Edition for the Raspberry Pi, is to be released for free, Mojang's chief world officer Owen Hill has announced.

"Soon you'll be able to play and program with Minecraft on one of the snazzy little devices," explained Hill. "Aron and Daniel have dedicated time to porting a version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that comes with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. We're calling it Minecraft: Pi Edition, and it will be completely free to download.

"The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget. It's like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.

"You can start by building structures in the traditional Minecraft way, but once you've got to grips with the in-game features, there's opportunity to break open the code and use programming language to manipulate things in the game world. You'll be learning new skills through Minecraft."

Minecraft: Pi Edition will be available to download soon.

Source: mojang.com