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It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft photo
It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft
by Chris Carter

[Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Notch have chimed in with their own statements. Spencer is obviously excited (and confirms that Minecon still exists), and Notch gives us a look at his mindset over the past few years, as well as were he's headed.]

The rumors are real -- Mojang has confirmed that they are being bought by Microsoft for a "smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars."

In a post to fans, representatives of the company noted that "Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that."

According to the post, the development and support of Minecraft on the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms will continue. Minecraft will also "continue to evolve," and it is predicted that the "majority" of Mojang's staff will continue to work there. Notch, Carl, and Jakob, the founders, are leaving. The fate of their other game, Scrolls, is still up in the air -- my guess is if it's doing poorly Microsoft will can it and focus more on Minecraft.

Well, that's interesting. We'll see how this goes, and it's a real testament of how powerful AAA publishers are -- Minecraft was one of the prime examples of how sustainable independent development was in the industry.

Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft [Mojang]

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1:00 PM on 09.12.2014

That Xbox 360 is blue!

Consoles sporting nontraditional colors can be hit or miss, but I have to say, I'm liking this blue Xbox 360. It'll be available starting October 7 in the US at Walmart with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 09.10.2014

Xbox One Japanese launch sales are just terrible

Xbox One sold 23,562 units in Japan during its opening week, Famitsu reports, while data tracking firm Media Create estimates a total of 25,674. The numbers are ugly no matter how you slice them. For reference, the ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 09.09.2014

Report: Microsoft trying to buy Minecraft developer

Microsoft is in serious talks to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang, according to a WSJ report citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation. The supposed deal is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood...

Kyle MacGregor





10:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Get a detailed look at the new October Xbox One update

In October, the Xbox One will be getting another major update to improve the standard user experience. The main thing is that the snap update is completely overhauled. Now instead of going back to the home screen to change t...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Microsoft's TGS lineup includes few Japanese games

Microsoft has revealed its Tokyo Game Show lineup, and one has to wonder how much it will resonate the crowd next week at the Makuhari Messe convention center. Japan has never embraced the Xbox brand, largely due to a lack of software designed to appeal to the local market, and a slate of titles like this doesn't figure to bring about a sea change.

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 09.08.2014

Xbox Live Rewards program slightly revamped

The Xbox Live Rewards program is getting a little simpler. From now on, if you spend $150 a year, you'll actually get 1% back. Yeah, that doesn't sound like a lot, but if you earn more ranks you can get up to 5%, and if you'r...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 09.06.2014

Xbox pokes fun at Activision with fake Destiny ad

Microsoft loves promoting Bungie games, you know. Unfortunately, that ship has sort of sailed. Activision and the erstwhile Halo studio are now cozying up with Sony, and the folks at Xbox UK seem to be handling the situation ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Xbox One has cool invisibility feature in Japan where everyone ignores it

The Xbox One is now available in Japan. The country is continuing its proud and long-standing tradition of not caring about the Xbox, however. Twitter user @kaztsu has tweeted pictures of Akiba game stores readying to sell th...

Steven Hansen

8:44 AM on 09.04.2014

Microsoft offers free game if you buy an Xbox One next week

If you're keen on buying an Xbox One soon, Microsoft has a deal going on next week. From September 7 through September 13, if you buy an Xbox One from "participating retailers," you can get a free game. Exact details aren't g...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Minecraft is coming to Xbox One this Friday, 'starts' at $4.99

We reported yesterday that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition had just been sent to Microsoft for final certification, and it seems like everything went well. So well, that the game will launch this Friday. If you already own M...

Chris Carter



September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco photo
September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco
by Jordan Devore

Next month's Games with Gold lineup is among the service's best yet.

Xbox 360 owners who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can nab Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for free from September 1 - 15, followed by Halo: Reach from September 16 - 30, while Xbox One owners will have all of September to download Super Time Force.

Shame about the Xbox 360 version of Super Time Force not being included here, but if you're thinking of playing it there I'd recommend going for the Ultra PC release instead.

Games with Gold Has Your Back in September [Xbox]

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12:15 PM on 08.27.2014

Standalone Xbox One Kinects go on sale in October for $150

Microsoft moved a lot more Xbox Ones when it made the prudent business decision to offer a SKU sans Kinect for $100 cheaper. But, what about those that have found themselves saddled with Kinect regret, those that long to come...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 08.24.2014

DDoS attackers now tied to Xbox Live outages

Xbox Live users are now reporting intermittent sign-in issues, and the group claiming responsibility for today's PlayStation Network attacks and bomb threat is again taking credit. Microsoft seems to be aware of the...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Xbox is shuttling PAX-goers to the Microsoft campus to play indie games

If you're going to be in Seattle next week for PAX Prime, Xbox is giving you the opportunity to get your hands on some games before the convention even begins. Bonus perks are you get to ride in the Sunset Overdrive bus,...

Brett Makedonski







Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove photo
Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove
by Brett Makedonski

Remedy Entertainment has made a living by following a tried-and-true formula: take a third-person shooter, support it with a catchy and innovative gameplay mechanic, and wrap it all up with an emphasis on narrative. Max Payne did it with stylish slow-motion dives while slinging bullets with pinpoint precision. Alan Wake used equal parts light and lead to fend off the evil that encapsulated Bright Falls. And, while Quantum Break's Jack Joyce doesn't lend his namesake to a title, he has his own methods to ensure that he'll be a memorable figure.

The difference between those two examples of Remedy's prior works and Quantum Break lies within the fact that the core mechanic of the latter inherently changes the protagonist. In fact, it's sort of what amounts to be a superhero origin story. At Riverport University, a fictional school in the northeastern United States, a time-travel experiment went awry, and as a result, Joyce found himself with the ability to manipulate time. That's all well and good apart from the fact that the failed experiment also tore the fabric of time and the world is coming to an end.

As Joyce tries to find a solution to the impending doomsday, he has two foes to combat -- an evil business enterprise and time itself. Monarch Solutions learned of Joyce's abilities and are looking to capture him to use for its own nefarious purposes. After all, it wouldn't be a videogame mega corporation without some sort of malicious intent. The divide between Joyce's pair of opponents symbolizes the divide that looks to mark the gameplay experience.

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