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10:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Minecraft will arrive at retail on the Xbox One in November

Starting November 18th, you'll be able to pick up the Xbox One version of Minecraft (now owned by Microsoft!) at retail for $19.99. You'll be able to transfer data over from the Xbox 360, and the worlds will be "up to 36...

Chris Carter


8:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Physical release of Minecraft PS4 drops October 7

The disc-based version of Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition will release on October 7, 2014. The game is already available digitally on PS4, priced at $19.99 if you're coming in fresh or $4.99 if you're upgrading from PS3. Sav...

Jordan Devore



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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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

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

1:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Minecraft Xbox One and PS4 releases may be imminent

Minecraft on PS4 and Xbox One were originally touted when each console was released, but have both been delayed on a constant basis. Now, developer 4J Studios is saying that the final testing phases are in order for both...

Chris Carter

1:45 PM on 08.27.2014

Doctor Who character packs coming to Minecraft on 360

Doctor Who is travelling blue telephone boxing its way to the 360 version of Minecraft this September thanks to a deal between BBC Worldwide, Microsoft Studios and Mojang.  "The first pack [$2.99/£1....

Steven Hansen

6:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Minor delay: The next Minecon isn't coming until 2015

More con news.  Minecraft developer Mojang went ahead and offered a status update on its convention, Minecon, which this time last year was detailed and probably sold out. This year's Minecon will move from sun...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 08.23.2014

This teenager is building a functional instance of Minecraft in Trials: Fusion

A 16-year-old Trials: Fusion savant, PneumaticBog484, is building a functional version of Minecraft within RedLynx's racer. In the past PneumaticBog484 has also built both a procedurally-generated infinite track, and a Titan...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 08.20.2014

Check out these LEGO Minecraft sets

Information on two sets that are a part of LEGO's new Minecraft minifigure scale sets have surfaced. The Cave Set will feature a zombie and spider, a TNT crate, pickaxe, a chest of bread, and Steve. It will center around a c...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 08.13.2014

PlayStation 4 software sales have surpassed 30 million games in retail stores

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 software sales are impressively strong, with more than 30 million games sold in retail stores and digital downloads as of August 10. Software sales are anticipated to continue to grow...

Brittany Vincent





2:30 PM on 07.30.2014

Watch Ro make some Minecraft candy pops in this episode of Nerdy Nummies

You might not know this about me, but I'm a big fan of Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies series. She's bubbly, fun, and puts me in a great mood while teaching me how to make treats based on my favorite videogame and other medi...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Turns out Notch bought an Aphex Twin album for $46,000

One of the more interesting Kickstarter projects in recent memory is the Caustic Window project, an effort to buy and then release copies of a fabled "lost" album from electronic maverick Aphex Twin. After being successfully...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 PM on 06.25.2014

Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies across all platforms

If the amount of kids screwing around in Minecraft while their doting parents shake their heads going "Oh, those kids and their Minecraft!" and Let's Plays and creepers in popular media isn't enough to tell you how ridiculous...

Brittany Vincent

10:50 AM on 06.09.2014

Minecraft creator Notch launches new game Cliffhorse

No doubt as a homage to various Bethesda games that have wonky horse physics, Minecraft creator Notch has launched a new game -- Cliffhorse. The game is in early access form, but it's free (you can donate if you want). I...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 05.27.2014

Float and sputter: Halo assets coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Previously, we have seen Skyrim and Marvel come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, but the flagship Xbox franchise Halo has been suspiciously absent. You don't think Microsoft would pass up on an opportunity to marry two of its...

Darren Nakamura