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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


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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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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

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

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

10:45 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

6:30 PM on 05.22.2014

Minecraft coming to PS4 and PS Vita this August

Along with the Xbox One details comes some news of the PlayStation releases for Minecraft. The PlayStation Vita version launches in August for $19.99, going under the name of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 + Vita Edition. Those who...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:46 AM on 05.22.2014

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition coming in August

Mojang and Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will release this August, priced at $19.99. And if you're an owner of the Xbox 360 version, you'll get to upgrade to this new one for only $4.99.  On ...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Last-gen and current-gen versions of Minecraft compared

The people responsible for bringing Minecraft over to consoles just shared how much more draw distance players can expect on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Canceled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would've been free to help promote VR

I'll admit it: when I heard Markus "Notch" Persson had canceled Minecraft for Oculus Rift because Facebook acquired its creator Oculus VR and the social network company "creeps" him out, I was skeptical about how much work ha...

Jordan Devore





4:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Minecraft title update 14 out on Xbox 360 today, PS3 tomorrow

Man. I can type "title u" into Google and "title update 14" appears. Minecraft scares me a little bit, sometimes. Console players are getting this update real soon -- it goes live today on Xbox 360 and tomorrow on PlayStation...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Mojang still making buttloads of money from Minecraft

Buttload. It's totally a phrase.  Mojang, the makers of the runaway hit Minecraft, doubled their net income in 2013 according to The Wall Street Journal. They made $128 million last year, and revenue wise they saw 38% fr...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 02.24.2014

Minecraft - Pocket Edition will be getting more updates

It would be nice if the Pocket Edition of Minecraft was a 1:1 port of the PC original, but it's not. Thankfully, the team at Mojang has posted a recent update on the game, noting that "significantly bigger worl...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Minecraft surpasses 14 million copies sold on PC

Markus "Notch" Persson and Mojang are counting their millions, but that doesn't necessarily mean dollars in this instance. Well, indirectly it does. Notch revealed via Twitter recently that the PC version of Minecraft ha...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 12.30.2013

Minecraft on Wii U 'makes sense' but isn't happening now

Despite having no interest in playing ports of Minecraft on new platforms, plenty of others are eager to do exactly that, and I do think getting this piece of pop culture on Wii U would benefit Nintendo. Every game matters. A...

Jordan Devore