Mojang ports Minecraft to Raspberry Pi, will release for free

Mojang has ported Minecraft to the Raspberry Pi, the studio revealed over the weekend, and will soon release the game for free.

Based on Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Minecraft: Pi Edition will ship with a revised feature set along with support for multiple programming languages and is intended as a learning aid for Pi owners.

“It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code,” writes chief word officer Owen Hill in a post on Mojang’s website, “a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.”

Not so well paid, either, we’d wager. Even so, once you’ve got your hands on Pi Edition, you’ll be able to create structures as you would in any other edition, but then delve deeper into the code to manipulate objects in the game world and, of course, learn from the existing code while you’re at it.

Aside from providing the opportunity to dole out some Matrix-esque Creeper retribution, Pi Edition looks set to further strengthen Mojang’s ties with education – it’s already in schools through MinecraftEdu – and will presumably make for some good practice ahead of programming your ship’s computer in upcoming space game 0x10c.