Minecraft Realms has been announced and is described as “A safe, simple way to enjoy Minecraft with friends” addressing the issues of finding a decent server online that won’t contain ‘griefers’ (people who kick your sand castle down right in your face) , spammers, hackers, or other such Minecraft f***ery. First, a PC / Mac version of the Minecraft Realms service will launch and then other versions will get their chance to embrace this later down the road (including confirmed support for the Pocket Editions of Minecraft).
Hosts still get to use “most” admin controls, the size of terrain is “infinite”, and activity logs will soon show who does what when they log into a server in Minecraft. For just $13 a month many countries are able to join in some time during 2014 as Minecraft Realms rolls out.
Check out the following excerpts from the Official Press Release:
“Only the host of a Realms server needs to pay a subscription fee. They will be available via the Mojang account page or through a link in-game, and initially come in 1, 3, or 6 month packages. Realms servers start at $13/month, but you get a discount if you choose a longer subscription.”
“Playing Minecraft over the internet is a lot of fun, but it can be tricky to set up. To make things easier, we’re creating Minecraft Realms. It’s a paid service that lets users quickly set up an online world which can be accessed by an approved list of players.”
“Realms servers are available 24/7, even if the host isn’t logged in. Up to 20 players can be invited to a Realms server, and up to 10 of them can play at any one time. Inviting players and accepting invitations is a simple process that happens from within your Minecraft client.”
“Only invited players can join a Realms server, and the host can add or remove players from their approved list with a few clicks. Worlds gets automatically backed up at regular intervals, and the host can restore their Realm to a previously saved state at any point.”