Minecraft is one of the most popular games today. Now
Microsoft has shared a sales update for the whole franchise, and it seems that
this game is not going away anytime soon.
Saxs Persson, Minecraft’s creative director, said in a blog post that
the franchise has now reached a whopping 176 million copies sold. Persson also
added that the game had sold a copy in nearly every country in the world,
including at least four copies in Antarctica.
Through the years
Minecraft, which made its debut on PC 10 years ago, has
caused waves in the gaming industry. Although the game was first launched on PC,
it’s now available in console and mobile versions.
Last June 2016, developer Mojang declared that Minecraft
lifetime sales reached 106.85 million copies. Almost three years since then,
sales have continued steadily.
With steady sales comes a steady player base as well.
Microsoft’s latest count has revealed that the game has 91 million monthly
players – still many millions ahead of Fortnite.
Thinking of Minecraft’s phenomenal success, it is easy to
assume that Microsoft would want to release Minecraft 2. However, that is not
going to happen soon or maybe ever.
If Microsoft decides to make Minecraft 2, the player base
might split, as some will head over to the sequel, and others might stay with
While Microsoft could still probably do that and make money,
Minecraft’s boss Helen Chiang said that it makes more sense to keep the community
“We’re trying to keep our community together,” she explained. “That’s why our updates are free. We don’t want to ask [players] to move from Minecraft 1 to Minecraft 2. We want them to just enjoy
Minecraft. And there are other ways that we can expand that are more meaningful
and authentic to what we want to be, rather than just releasing another
iteration in the way that most other franchises do.”
Future of Minecraft
Though the sequel is farfetched, new Minecraft games are in
the works, including an AR game called ‘Minecraft Earth’, and a dungeon-crawler
style project called ‘Minecraft Dungeons’.
We remember Microsoft acquired Minecraft and developer
Mojang in 2015 for $2.5 billion. The game’s creator, Markus “Notch”
Persson, however, is no longer involved with the franchise and Microsoft is
distancing itself from him in the wake of his controversial views and comments.