Minecraft is one of the most popular and commercially successful games in history. Microsoft has now shared a new sales update for the entire franchise – and it's huge.
Minecraft's creative director, Saxs Persson, said in a blog that the franchise – which debuted on PC 10 years ago in 2009 – has now crossed 176 million copies sold. This counts copies sold on all platforms. The game has sold a copy in almost every country in the world, added Persson. This includes at least four copies sold in Antarctica.
The game was launched on PC, but is now available almost everywhere you can play, including console, mobile and more.
Less than three years ago, in June 2016, developer Mojang announced that Minecraft's lifetime sales were 106.85 million copies. They have therefore been maintained regularly since then.
Not only many, many people have bought Minecraft, they also play a lot. According to the latest statistics from Microsoft, the game has 91 million players per month, several million more than Fortnite.
Given the resounding success of Minecraft, one would think that Microsoft would like to publish Minecraft 2, but it will not happen any time soon – or ever. If Microsoft realized Minecraft 2, the base of players could be fractured when some will pass in a row and others will remain with the original. Although Microsoft can theoretically do this and still make a lot of money, it makes more sense to keep the community together, according to Helen Chiang, Minecraft boss.
"We try to keep our community together," she said. "That's why our updates are free, we do not want to ask [players] go from Minecraft 1 to Minecraft 2. We want them to simply enjoy Minecraft. And there are other ways to expand that are more meaningful and authentic in relation to what we want to be, rather than publishing another iteration as most other franchises do. "
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Several new Minecraft games are under development, including an AR game called Minecraft Earth and a dungeon-style project called Minecraft Dungeons.
Microsoft acquired Minecraft and developer Mojang in 2015 for $ 2.5 billion. The creator of the game, Markus "Notch" Persson, is no longer involved in the franchise and Microsoft is distancing itself from its controversial views.