When Minecraft, an open world, sandbox, low-res, blocky, indie game hit the market, it did so quietly. Through word of mouth, and addicting gameplay the Swedish studio Mojang grew Minecraft’s audience and in the process changed not only the indie gaming scene, but the whole gaming industry. Minecraft was the push that indie studios needed to break into the mainstream. Since it was launched two years ago, Minecraft has grown substantially, with the developers regularly updating the game, adding new features and items, expanding past the PC/MAC platform onto consoles, spawning cons, and creating a community of crafters. Creator Markus “Notch” Persson never expected his game to become such a hit, but it did, and it revolutionized the way video games are made, distributed, and played.
Today marks another huge milestone in the life of the now gaming giant. Microsoft announced that they have bought Mojang for a whopping $2.5 Billion. To give you an idea of how much this studio is worth, that’s more than half of what Disney bought Star Wars for. Microsoft revealed the purchase on their blog, and it was then followed by an announcement on Mojang’s official site, confirming the amount, and also confirming that the three founders of the studio, Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porser, would be immediately leaving Mojang.
So what does this mean for Minecraft? According to Mojang’s official site, they will still support the game across all platforms, and the development of the game for the PS4, Vita, and XBox One are still on track. Fundamentally, nothing will change just yet, but can we expect to see any big changes down the line? Only time will tell.
Until then, you can still enjoy Minecraft on whatever platform you choose. The game will essentially stay the same for now, and who knows if it will change in the future. In the meantime, Persson intends to continue to develop games. He says its something he enjoys doing and will continue to do it, but with no future projects currently announced, we will just have to wait and see.
Let us know what you think about the Acquisition. Is this good for Microsoft? Is it bad for Mojang? Let us know on twitter or in the comments!