Minecraft is still explosively popular, sells 30 million on PC alone
So by taking a look at the Minecraft store, there’s a nice little ticker at the bottom of the page that tracks the number of PC owners of the game. The massively popular adventure title, Minecraft has sold an astonishing amount of units on the flagship PC platform. Over the last ten years, Minecraft has sold more than 30 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling games of all-time.
It’s easy to see why this success happened. The early explosion of popularity granted to the deceptively simple PC game via YouTube really helped propel Minecraft into the public awareness. The easy customization of the Java code that ran early versions of the game allowed for an incredibly diverse and active modding scene to flourish.
Since the release of Minecraft in 2009, it has usually been regarded as the rare instance where an independent developer strikes it rich with a bit of luck. The game sold like gangbusters, until Notch sold developer Majong to Microsoft five years later for a whopping $2.5 billion.
Over the years, the simple Java-based adventure title has changed so much that it’s essentially a completely new game. The game recently expanded the undersea worlds with Update Aquatic, which added new underwater dungeons, enemies and loot for adventurous players to take on. Mojang also previously announced new modding tools which would allow increased direct control over mobs and spawning, as well as animations. The upcoming “Village and Pillage” series of content adds in a new endgame progression system, and a bunch of new mobs.
Although over the years this inexorable tide of development has left a few older platforms in the dust. The game has a version on nearly every gaming-capable platform from PC, to consoles to mobile phones, the game has just gotten too complex for some platforms to handle. Previous console generations like the PS3 and Xbox 360 had been discontinued earlier in 2018.
So while no one can tell the future,
If you haven’t played this amazing title yet, and you can avoid getting addicted to the time vampire, the game is out now for pretty much every platform under the sun.
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