Microsoft is announcing a new service that it says will allow people to host their own Minecraft servers.
The service, called Forge, will launch today for $39.99 per month for a year of unlimited servers, which Microsoft says can be hosted on any of Microsoft’s cloud-based servers.
Microsoft’s Forge service lets people create and host Minecraft servers, and allows them to share their creations and even monetize them with the service.
Microsoft says that users will be able to monetize Minecraft servers using Xbox Live Gold.
“This service is a great way to grow and play Minecraft for free,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a blog post.
“We believe that Minecraft is the most popular open source game, and with Forge, we’re giving the Minecraft community a platform to build their games.”
Microsoft is launching Forge as a free service, but it offers a few premium features as well.
For example, users will get access to a custom game library that allows them the ability to create and play a variety of games.
Users can also earn “Minecraft XP” in-game currency that can be used to purchase Minecraft servers and other items.
Microsoft also says that Forge users will receive the first-ever Xbox Live Premium upgrade.
Microsoft is offering Forge for free on Xbox One and Windows 10, and the company is also giving users a chance to try Forge on other consoles, too.
Microsoft is offering users free access to Forge on the Xbox 360, Xbox One S, Xbox 720, and Xbox One X.