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Minecraft hits PlayStation Vita in North America on Oct. 14

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Minecraft PS Vita Edition will launch digitally in North America on Oct. 14 for $19.99, while the retail version hits stores Nov. 11, according to the PlayStation Blog.

Players with the PlayStation 3 version of the sandbox crafting game can transfer their existing saves to and from the PS Vita edition, and then on to the PS4 edition of the game. The game is also cross-buy for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Players who have Minecraft on either platform can upgrade to the PS4 Edition for $4.99.

A European release date of Oct. 15 was announced for the game yesterday.

In September, Microsoft purchased developer Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion. Mojang's founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, will not remain with the company.