Mojang has confirmed the Minecraft username change option will arrive on February 4.
Following a teaser earlier this month, Mojang has finally revealed the release date for the long awaited ability to change your username.
“Yes, it’s true! In the near future you will be able to change your Minecraft in-game name,” came the Mojang blog post. “We plant to make the name changing available on February 4.”
The only thing you’ll need to have in order to change your Minecraft username is a Mojang account.
Once the feature goes live, you’ll need to head to your Mojang account page and you’ll notice a “change” link next to your Minecraft name.
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The Microsoft-owned developer has confirmed that the username change will be free to all users, but there are some rules concerning the name changes.
For one, you can’t have the same name as another player. If you want to take someone’s name, they’ll have to change it and then 37 days afterwards you can take it for yourself.
Also, you can only change your name once every 30 days. That even applies to if you want to change back to your old name too.
If you’ve banned a player from your game, they will remain banned even if they change their username.
That applies to whitelisted and oped players, who will also keep their inventories, pets, stats and anything else on their servers.
“We will be freeing up all those unpaid usernames when the new name changing feature is released,” added Mojang. “If you have an old unpaid username that you’d like to keep, there’s still time to buy it!”
There’s a guide as to how to buy up your old unpaid username on the Mojang Help pages.
The username change option hasn’t been made available to players since the game’s alpha back in mid-2009.