Let not a single person speak badly of the people at Microsoft who signed the deal to acquire Mojang this year. Though they’ve agreed to pay $2.5 billion dollars for the developer group and the game Minecraft, they "expect the acquisition to be a break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis."
It’s all true - Microsoft has acquired Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. According to Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Owen Hill, "The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving." They go on to note that "We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool."
The gaming company Mojang made the game Minecraft. Because of this game, primarily, the company is able to make massive amount of profit. This week one of the co-founders of Mojang, Markus "Notch" Persson, made clear that the company is doing so well that they currently have a 10-year safety net.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson this weekend indicated that the game will not be available on Wii U anytime soon. He cited a heavy workload on existing projects as the reason for the lack of a forthcoming Wii U incarnation. He did not dismiss the idea altogether for the long term, however.
This week the folks a Mojang have announced a collaboration of epic scale - the first Xbox 360 downloadable update, utilizing the Mass Effect gaming environment for a fully-boxy adventure. This update is called Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Mass Effect Mash-Up. This game works in collaboration with Microsoft Studios, Xbox Live Arcade, and 4J Studios - and the full details of the game are not yet out on the block. What you will be able to see is a set of cinematic effects not necessarily representative of the actual final bit of gameplay - we'll see that soon enough.
As the multi-platform gaming title Minecraft continues to expand in popularity with web browser, mobile, and console-based block-building action, today Sony announced the continuation of the title for PlayStation 4. This game will not be entirely exclusive to the console, coming in a Minecraft: Xbox One Edition from Mojang Studios with the launch of the Xbox One this holiday season, but it will have unique content. As it is with the developed-in-part-with-Microsoft Minecraft for Xbox One, so too shall the Sony-aimed Minecraft, ready for release by the time the console is out in stores: November 15th, 2013.
After the success that was Minecraft, the game's developer Mojang is at it again with a new game. However, they're taking a different approach this time around. Instead of making a pixelated sandbox-world title, they're teasing what looks to be a Magic-esque game that has some really good cartoonish graphics. Scrolls, as it's called, has been given a launch date and the public beta is coming next month.
Minecraft has been a big hit lately. The pixelated sandbox game has seen millions of downloads on multiple platforms, and today the game is seeing its release on the infamous Raspberry Pi hobbyist board. What's perhaps even better, is that the game will be free to all Raspberry Pi users, which will save you a couple of bucks if you planned to buy it on another platform.
Minecraft players on Xbox 360 are about to take a pretty significant step up with title update 7. Recently detailed on PlayXBLA.com, title update 7 for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition brings the game up to PC version 1.0.1, so there are plenty of noteworthy additions with this release. Unfortunately, The End won't be featured in title update 7, with players being forced to wait until title update 8 to take on the Ender Dragon.
If you've ever caught yourself wishing that real life was like Minecraft, then boy does Mojang have the app for you. Developed primarily by studio 13th Lab, Minecraft Reality is a new augmented reality iOS app that allows you to drop your most cherished Minecraft creations into the real world. Do you particularly like that towering Pikachu pixel art you made with Minecraft blocks? Why not place it into the real world and see what it would look like if a giant Pikachu invaded New York City?