After THIS date you will not be able to play Minecraft Java Edition; find out why

Minecraft Java Edition players have been given a final call to do this one thing or lose access to the game

Important news for all Minecraft Java Edition players. On February 4, Minecraft announced its final call to all Java Edition players who have not yet switched to Microsoft accounts. The company stated that the voluntary account migration period to get a Microsoft account would end on March 10, 2022 and players will not be able to play the game unless they have created a Microsoft account. Until now, Java Edition players could play the game simply by using a Mojang account. Minecraft first came with the decision to transfer all its players from Mojang to Microsoft in October 2020. It had given players a year to voluntarily migrate the account. But yesterday, the company finally met the deadline and insisted that all of its players migrate according to the proposed timeline or they won’t be able to play Minecraft anymore.

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Minecraft currently has two versions. One is the classic Java edition that came out in 2009 and the multi-platform version Bedrock came out in 2016. Bedrock was mainly focused on consoles and smartphones. Right now, the division is such that any device outside of a desktop computer can only run Bedrock. Even on PCs, only Windows can run both Bedrock and Java, while Linux and Mac can run only Java. The older Java edition ran on Mojang accounts, while the newer Bedrock edition ran on Microsoft accounts.

Minecraft pushes for Microsoft account migration

In its blog post, Minecraft explained the rationale behind the account migration call. “We’re doing this to make sure everyone plays with accounts with enhanced security and player safety,” read the post. According to the company, Microsoft accounts offer two-factor authentication and enhanced player security that is missing from the Mojang accounts.

Minecraft has stated that the migration will not change the Java Edition game in any way. The Java edition is known for its third-party customizations to the maps and various mini-games and online multiplayer mode. Minecraft has also ensured that this transition does not affect the PvP (player vs player) mode. Furthermore, the account migration does not cost any costs. To help the players through the migration, Minecraft has released YouTube videos, tutorials, emails, and in-game help to create a Microsoft account. Minecraft also offers a free cape to anyone migrating to a Microsoft account.

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“If you’re reading this and still haven’t switched to a Microsoft account, make sure you do so before the deadline to claim your cape! You’ll still get it if you migrate after March 10, but the sooner you jump on trends, the better! At least we think that’s how fashion works,” the message reads.

Arun Agarwal
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