Since Microsoft bought out the company responsible for Minecraft (Mojang) late last week, for a whopping sum of $2.5 billion, there have been quite a few questions coming up about what the next steps will be for Microsoft. It was promptly confirmed that they did plan to continue on with the plans to release a PS Vita version of Minecraft, and also stated they will continue to support all current versions of Minecraft (although that doesn’t include any sort of Minecraft 2, which could be Microsoft platforms only).
Microsoft was also able to confirm that we would be seeing a Windows Phone port of Minecraft: Pocket Edition. As for when we’ll actually get to see it, well, nobody seems to know for sure. Some are speculating that we could actually see the Windows Phone version released very soon, due to a tweet from the marketing manager of Microsoft’s France team. The tweet was hyping up a big name title that would be released on the Windows store sometime this week. It would be a little surprising to see Minecraft that fast, but I wouldn’t put it completely past Microsoft to move quickly on this since they just invested a pretty big chunk of change into the company.
As for specifics of the deal itself, it appears that the founders and original creators or Minecraft will all be leaving when the deal is complete. The majority of Mojang’s staff will continue to be on board with Microsoft, but the creators are tired of dealing with such a global phenomena as Minecraft. According to a statement on their website, Mojang said “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”.
It’s really fascinating that we live in a time where indie game developers can start with a simple game and no intention of widespread success, and eventually sell that game for billions. This is definitely a story that we’ll be following closely, so be sure to check back regularly for more news related to Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft. In the mean-time, you can join in on the discussion by leaving us a comment below!