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Microsoft told the people there that they have a great game plan, and that they will continue to develop Minecraft on all the consoles that have become available.

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~ Microsoft bought Minecraft ~

On his own blog Mojang announced a few days ago that they and consequently their success Minecraft now sold to Microsoft. The sum is the entire two and a half billion dollars. Those who now stood in front of the running of the game - Markus "Notch" Persson, Carl Manneh and Jacob Pors - on the other hand not part of the game anymore and continue with other projects.

Microsoft told the people there that they have a great game plan, and that they will continue to develop Minecraft on all the consoles that have become available - and yes, that's including Playstation consoles. People asked Xbox boss Phil Spencer about this and was told about the purchase, this is what Phil Spencer said on the matter:

"Three years ago we started working on Minecraft with Mojang, and at that time we did not know quite what we were going to accomplish. Following year we launched it, and it became the best selling game on Xbox 360 ever. If you've been following you will see that it still has to be on the leaderboards on Xbox LIVE. there is a game that has found an audience on touch devices, consoles and of course at their home on the PC platform. Wherever you play, the we continue to develop and innovate Minecraft on all these platforms.

"One thing that must be clear is that Microsoft and the Xbox team is very focused on gaming., We will learn a lot by working with a community that is as lively as that found in Minecraft. And players need to know that we meet this with a plan, and a capstone will always be listening to Minecraft fans what they want."

Many people will probably think that Notch agreed to this because of the huge sums of money, but even he believes that the motivation to do something as big as that here is a very different place.

On his blog, he says that he is not able to be at the forefront of a large project that Minecraft now has become, and that it is not just about money but also about his own mind. Now he will return to the small experiments, and although he says he's going to leave a project once it becomes as big as Minecraft.

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12

I have two opinions on this, but mostly apathy.

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Ironclad2014
Ironclad2014

MS wants to control everything!

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mechwarrior24
mechwarrior24

Let me put it like this- if someone offered you 2.5 billion dollars, pretty much guaranteeing a perfect live for yourself, your family and your descendants, for a game that was really "finished" a long time ago, you'd be very stupid not to accept it. There is very little reason they shouldn't have done this.

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

I have mixed feelings about this, either they make minecraft as money grabbing product or something more advanced and more fun to play, which i somehow doubt. We'll see in the future.

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I don't have huge high hopes at all either, but I feel that if they were going just for money they would have bought it a few years ago.

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adrianaristimuno1
adrianaristimuno1

Osea los que tenga microsoft seran Premiun en minecraft?

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adrianaristimuno1
adrianaristimuno1

I mean those are Premium microsoft minecraft?

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kas110
kas110

Microsoft are out to rule the world, so are Facebook...
If I am honest, I lost faith in Microsoft when they released the Xbox One. But hey, we will see.

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

Why would you ever lose faith for that?

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Kyora473
Kyora473

Mind you, before I say what I'm going to say, I'm a big fan of Xbox in general. Got both of the first two, and had the original 360, and a slim (The Halo Reach Slim, in fact, despite already owning Reach). Now. The one released with a -lot- of issues. Namely ridiculous things that should not have escaped testing, like the system having a chance of failing to recognize the A button or the power button (as in it just plain doesn't know those exist, and when games tell you to press A, it just says "press <no string>" or something similar). That said, I'm too am concerned about MS owning Minecraft for similar reasons. Who's to say they won't do with minecraft what they did with the xbox one and release an insufficient product that's not up to snuff and already obsolete less than a year after it debuts?. I can easily see MS doing that or making it into something absurd like payed updates, DLC, or "Leather armor, $5, wood sticks 25cents each".

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kas110
kas110

Correct! And don't forget all the always online and pre owned game features, they may have been scrapped, but it shows that Microsoft belived it could overreach itself and has become a bit money and power hungry. I'm a huge fan of the 360 but the Xbox One, was a big NO for me from day one... But hey, I believe they could also do great things with minecraft, or make it terrible by adding DLC's or a premium membership system. Only time will tell..........

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Laus_
Laus_

I'm sure that Microsoft is going to F* minecraft up, nothing but a bunch of money grabbers~ ;-;

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drakrochma
drakrochma

I am not happy about this.
but better microsoft than EA.
If EA bought Minecraft, then you would have to buy a DLC to get a pick-axe...

Lets hope that more money and more developers will led to a "better" minecraft, that still keeps its special feeling.

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Opinionator
Opinionator

EA DLC to get a pick-axe...FUNNY

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xXTheLastDragonXx
xXTheLastDragonXx

sad too, cause it might be true. Or paid for updates. Want horses? 10$

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InsanityPays
InsanityPays

Microsoft is going to try to change the business plan and in the end they're going to f*ck up minecraft altogether

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InsanityPays
InsanityPays

Let me elaborate:
1)Microsoft is only interested in making money- they will screw us over one way or another

2)Microsoft (ironically) undervalues the PC community- they want to focus development on the crap console/ios versions of minecraft and are likely going to make it centered around windows phones rather than PCs. This is based on their past doctrine

3)Notch sold out. Mojang is now among the other indie companies that was coaxed into the big money of large businesses that care very little about their consumers or their product.

4)Minecraft has degraded into a bunch of 10yr olds with ugly af servers covered in wool sprites and reserved areas. There's little exploration/adventure that minecraft had in it's earlier versions. The new breadth of content has only made the game buggier and overly saturated.

Expect a bleak future for MC

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

1. Every country on Earth is meant to make money, Mojang was meant to make money, if you think everyone at Mojang worked on it out of the love of their heart you're a fool.

2. Microsoft does that when they're developing single games, Minecraft is already multi platform and they have no reason to change the current system.

3. Coaxed into big money? We paid them out the ***, they got rich and sold the game. This isn't foul temptation, it's a business deal.

4. It never had exploration or adventure, if it did it still would. You should be rooting for Microsoft because maybe the new dev team will give a **** enough to add something.

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InsanityPays
InsanityPays

1. Actually it was.
+The intention of capitalism was for the best product to transcend others. At this point, the powers that be can simply buy their competition and destroy it.

2. They've already made it quite clear that they see the future of minecraft on consoles/mobile and not PC

3.whats the difference

4. It did early on, but now it takes days to find a decent server without restrictions/sprites/bs and within weeks the server is gone. Believe it or not, things were better for mc in 2012.

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Susumu_Kodai
Susumu_Kodai

Interesting facts: Micrososoft says it has a great game plan.
But they shut down their LIVE platform with all the games on it (except a very few thanks to the community). They ended one of their most famous game series, a.k.a. Flight Simulator and sold the rights to another gaming company.

I know they try to recenter their gaming business, but closing and selling those flagships doesn't realy help out their reputation. The problem is we no longer can attach them to a game they produced because they didn't develop it themselves.

In my opinion, since these last events, Microsoft looks more like a ghost or dark nebula eating and buying everything than a real group of developers.
Microsoft need to produce great things by themselves, not to eat everything passing near.

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Otter.
Otter.

I was surprised first but after that I honestly don't mind. They probably know how passionate the community is and won't dare to change things drastically. The same team is behind the development, so I actually expect more optimization and hopefully the Modding API to come in the near future. (They really should implement Optifine to vanilla) Maybe even a new engine...
Also Microsoft owning Minecraft can mean a lot of weird things. Like a free copy shipped with Windows 9 for example (which according to the trend: XP - Good, Vista - Bad, Win 7 - Good, Win 8 - Bad, will probably be a good operating system.) Yeah, pretty unlikely, but who knows?

I also totally understand (and empathize with) Notch and when he says he didn't do it for the money, I know he really means it. The ones who call "sell out" can shush.

All in all, I'm not paranoid or worried about the future of Minecraft. If - for some weird and unlikely reason - it really goes bad then I had my fun with it and my money was well spent (I basically thought the same when TF2 went F2P, but that's still a good game.)
So don't bury Minecraft or Mojang just yet, they will still live for a long time...
*cheesy line incoming* especially in our hearts.

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

Maybe we can actually get new and meaningful content now.

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SilentDarkness
SilentDarkness

Sorry, Mojang, Microsoft, all of you. Sorry, I don't buy the starry-eyed vision. Because , I mean, it's not like big companies don't have PR firms to lie to everyone for them, right?~ ;-;

I put forth a vote of zero confidence on Microsoft. Notch, man, what can I say? I think you didn't put enough time to think on this, or you overthought it and overlooked what Microsoft is. An excessively monopolistic software giant.

Oh sure, Microsoft may spin you a web of happy diamond rain, how it's not going to drastically change the game, and development will go further, and everyone will live happily ever after. But, I know better than to trust them. Press officers and CEOs are quite good at lying.

But hey, who knows? Maybe Microsoft will accidentally *not* FUBAR Minecraft as we know it.

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

2.5 billion for this piece of crap ? Wow i need to come up with something retarded so i can become a billionaire...

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Opinionator
Opinionator

I really wanted to play this game really. Hoping it would come to Steam someday. Awh shucks R.I.P. Minecraft longlive MScraft exclusive to XB1 lol.

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Gunlexify
Gunlexify

They bought mojang (The company that develops minecraft) not only minecraft.

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Trefan
Trefan

At least it is Microsoft, not some bitch like EA.

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dunadan101
dunadan101

That big beta is gonna loose half the money marrying some random gold digger again... Anyway BS excuses, same reason he refused to release minecraft on Steam. It was always the money, he doesn't care about anything else.

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ohjays
ohjays

Oh no, are you sure you want to break that block, clicks yes, are you really sure you want to break that block yes. Sory but you have exceeded your licences for broken blocks

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medve
medve

"not just about money" :DDDDDD

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timstro59
timstro59

I only play mod-packs, so I'm not concerned.

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ghost59
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meh, mine craft never had that magic for me. :P

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Chris65
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**** you Microsoft

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