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Markus Persson, founder of Mojang, the Swedish developer behind indie phenomenon Minecraft, has exclusively revealed to Gamasutra that an official iOS version of the hit game is currently in the works for iPhone and iPad.

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Feb 21st, 2011

Markus Persson, founder of Mojang, the Swedish developer behind indie phenomenon Minecraft, has exclusively revealed to Gamasutra that an official iOS version of the hit game is currently in the works for iPhone and iPad.

The port is being developed by Aron Neiminen, a new recruit to the Mojang team, and will be released later this year.

Persson said that the iOS edition will not receive every update that the original browser and download version gets, but rather will be granted those features that "make sense" for the touch-screen platform.

The game has received numerous unofficial Minecraft releases on iPhone and iPad, but this is the first official iOS release from the Mojang team.

Minecraft is currently in the beta stages, with a full release planned sometime this year. So far over 1.3 million copies of the game have been purchased, with nearly five million registered accounts on the official site.

Gamasutra talked to Persson recently as part of the Road to the IGF series. The developer discussed his inspirations for Minecraft, including the likes of Dwarf Fortress, Rollercoaster Tycoon and Dungeon Keeper.

He said, "I knew from the start that I wanted it to be a fantasy resource-based first person adventure type of game, but it took quite a while to reach that point."

(Retrieved from Gamasutra)

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MattyG Feb 21 2011, 10:20pm says:

Seems interesting, although first-person view games are hard enough to play on touch screen-only platforms.

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Medevila Feb 21 2011, 10:40pm replied:

This is a stereotype that I do not agree with. I love FPS gaming on my iPhone.

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Bluedrake42 Feb 22 2011, 12:43am replied:

I don't...

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Betelgeuze Feb 22 2011, 5:02am replied:

I do

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mjl8 Feb 22 2011, 1:30pm replied:

why are we thumbing down those who think fps is easy on the ipod?

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greenmachine Feb 22 2011, 11:51am replied:

I played nazi zombies on a mates iphone and it was much easier to control than you'd think.

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AwsomeCake Feb 23 2011, 11:02am replied:

Actually, games like N.O.V.A and Brothers in Arms are great for the iPhone, i really enjoy playing them.

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cornfetish Feb 21 2011, 10:54pm says:

one word

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Cameron:D Feb 21 2011, 11:33pm replied:

Yes, there is also going to be an Android version (One of the Mojang team mentioned it on Twitter) but everyone is so iMinded that they don't mention it.

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Renay Feb 22 2011, 5:41am replied:

great, then I can play it too, but it's probably gonna suck the battery dry within minutes

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chubber Feb 28 2011, 2:01am replied:

. This should've come out on android first. It seems ironic for a small, independent company to choose the big, restrictive corporation over the free, alternative source

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Armageddon104 Feb 22 2011, 12:22am says:


That sums up my feeling.

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R3bornSh4dow Feb 22 2011, 1:09am buried:


what about iPod? is it going to be released for the iPod touch 4 aswell?

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Cameron:D Feb 22 2011, 1:29am replied:

Do all the other iPhone apps work on iPod?

There's your answer.

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chubber Mar 1 2011, 11:18pm replied:

lol this post should go on the best stupid posts of the week for the Huffington Post

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DarkLiberator Feb 22 2011, 2:37am says:

For him to go off and work on some other project, when he still hasn’t fulfilled his obligation to the people that already bought the original game, is kind of a breach of trust.

I just hope he finishes the PC version first.

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Prettyboy326 Feb 22 2011, 2:46am replied:

dark liberator he has no obligation whatsoever to do anything for us, he could iron out the few bugs that are in it and slap a 1.0 and be done with it if he wants, he has already given us a playable game that a million people have bought and are playing. He does not owe us a thing.

And of course he will finish the pc version, he isn't even working on the iphone version, one of his employees is.

people on the internet are nuts...
*walks away laughing and muttering about the ridiculousness of notch have an obligation to us.

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Anonymousperson Feb 22 2011, 3:17am replied:

Well Notch technically does have an obligation to his paying customers.

But that obligation is too churn out a finished product, which he has more or less produced.

So, yes, the incessant bitching at Notch is very unfounded. I mean are you seriously bitching about the fact that when you spent $15 for a game, that is noted to be unfinished,that it means Notch owes a devotion to constantly work on Minecraft for you?
For a one-time payment of 15 dollars?

Go back to your CoD map-packs.

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Cameron:D Feb 22 2011, 7:52am replied:

He does not have an obligation to complete it. When you bought it you agreed to buying it in it's current state and that future updates are a bonus.

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Feb 22 2011, 4:20am says:

guys, all of this arguing is pointless. read the article!

"The port is being developed by Aron Neiminen, a new recruit to the Mojang team, and will be released later this year."

Notch will be unaffected, so he will be free for all minecraft people to continue to harass, abuse, insult etc. about lack of updates. god.

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DarkLiberator Feb 22 2011, 5:44am says:

Alright, I assumed Notch was working on it. My fault.

And Anon, nice try at labeling me as a CoD player, but you'll have to do better next time.

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mpa12120 Feb 22 2011, 7:49am says:

I may only speak for myself, but I dislike this. IMO minecraft shouldn't go to any other consoles besides PC. Maybe X-box or ps3 where you could actually multi-task and play the game the way it was meant to be, getting sneak attacked by zombies, mining, building an empire and dieing from lava(if you haven't died from lava with at least 1 diamond in you hand, you haven't played the whole game). It wouldn't be the same with using Ios. In my opinion it would be like playing WOW on the iphone, it just doesn't work. If you are going to play the game play the full version.

If he (whoever is making it) add "extra" content, we should also get it, seeing as if I remember correctly the was something like:get all future content. (this was during alpha sales)

I get that notch will be still be working on PC minecraft, I just don't think ios minecraft wont be as good. It will (hopefully) still be a good game, it just won't be the quality of minecraft pc.

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danw13335 Feb 22 2011, 12:06pm replied:

Why do you "dislike" this? Maybe it won't be as good, but as long as it's not Notch or the main development team that's working on it, why wouldn't you want it to come out on other platforms? The greatest rational range of emotions on this would be from "I don't care, I don't want to play on a cell phone" (which seems to be your opinion) to "Holy **** yes, I want to play this on my iPhone so bad."

But why would you deny iOS/Android the game if it has absolutely no effect on the development of the PC version?

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catman_94 Feb 22 2011, 1:15pm replied:

this guy knows his **** :D

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UnknownToaster Feb 22 2011, 7:06pm replied:

You used a double negative. You said you don't think it won't be as good which would mean you think that it would be good.

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mpa12120 Feb 22 2011, 7:43pm replied:


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mpa12120 Feb 22 2011, 7:45pm replied:

Oh, I just had interesting idea... NINTENDO 3DS MINECRAFT. Probably wouldn't be good, but just an interesting prospect.

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lethal_vortex Feb 22 2011, 8:42am says:

psp release would be awesome:]

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Feb 22 2011, 10:41am replied:

^this. so much this.

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ebol4 Feb 22 2011, 8:57am says:

No love for Android...

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Feb 22 2011, 10:41am replied:

android version is coming too!

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L1ttl3P1x Feb 22 2011, 1:39pm says:

Pls make minecraft for Android!!!! Android is much better than ****** Iphone..

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RisingDivinity Feb 22 2011, 2:35pm says:

Lol, I'm only paying attention to this article because people are throwing up a fuss about it.

I am one of those people who believe that the personal computer is the only way to game properly but I'm not going to throw that about. I know friends who'll love this and seeing other people's response, that's enough to make me happy about it.

But this about him owing us anything? How much difference will there be between the beta and final version? An extra mob? New compatibility? Changes in coding? We already have a working game and can mine, build, survive. People should be grateful for being able to play this amazing game so early. The other game developers would never do that.
Sorry for the rant, it just makes me mad at how some people can forget that notch is a human being; who has a life, a love and lots of things to do besides work. Imagine trying to tell notch in real life that he owes us a completed game.

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Spycon_Fighter Feb 22 2011, 3:32pm says:

This is being done to reach a wider audience (assuming) and to earn more cash on the hit indie game (which the team deserves). Maybe next the game will appear on the Xbox marketplace, and Playstation Store.

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Da-Fort Feb 22 2011, 3:42pm says:

You know what this means don't you?

I'm going to have to buy an Ipad now.

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Meat-Popsicle Feb 24 2011, 7:18pm says:

Come on, I know choosing Apple will get so many more sales, but make one for the Zune HD too!

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PrivRyan Mar 17 2011, 12:02am says:

People mistook it for the disagree button.

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darkside267 Apr 8 2011, 8:55am says:

ANDROID please?

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