A mobile version of Minecraft is expected to hit the Android and iOS later this year, and be unveiled during the E3 Expo games conference from June 7 to 9.

The hit game will make its debut on the Xperia Play handset from Sony Ericsson, and spread to other Android devices and the iOS from there, according to Wired.

It is likely Minecraft will start on the Xperia Play, as its initial release will leverage the slide-out joypad on the device, and later versions of the game will use touch-screen controls, making them suitable for the other platforms including the iPhone.

According to Wired, the port is not being done by Notch, but instead by his colleagues Aron Neiminen and Jens Bergensten.

There will be differences from the PC and Mac versions, according to Gamesutra. “When playing on smartphones you will have a different screen size compared to PC, different hardware, different attention spans and thus the game needs to be customized to fit the mobile specifications,” Mojang told them.

It adds that while pricing and an official release date are not yet announced, the game will “release early and update frequently,” in the spirit of Minecraft — which only entered Beta version a few months back.

This has been a long time coming. Daniel Kaplan, Mojang head of businesses development stated they decided to “do the iOS/Android version of Minecraft inhouse,” and the port would be out this year.

Sony Ericsson also sent out a Minecraft-themed invitation for June 7, ahead of E3.

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