The Minecraft buzz hit terminal velocity last year when Microsoft bought developer Mojang along with the Minecraft IP for $2.5 billion dollars. The developer announced in the summer that the game had sold over 20 million units on PC, which puts its overall unit sales at around 70 million copies across all platforms and growing. And it was just announced for Nintendo's Wii U as well!
Minecraft is built on continuous updates and patches with fans also modding the core PC version of the game themselves, one of the big reasons for its lasting appeal and YouTube popularity. And a lot more content is coming for the (non Wii U) console versions.
Microsoft today announced, via Xbox Wire, that the biggest Minecraft update “of all time” is available now on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Microsoft also stated in the blog post that the update would be packed with “some of the most highly anticipated Minecraft features – a long list of new potions, blocks, mobs and biomes.” The company went on to reassure new players that they have included "a brand new tutorial world showcasing some of the new content in this update to ease you into the endless gameplay possibilities in Minecraft."
The new biomes included in the update are the Redwood forests of Mega-Taiga and an expansive Deep Ocean playground. New blocks are also thrown in, such as “Granite, Red Sandstone, Sea Lanterns, Slime and Packed Ice,” as well as “beautiful gardens of Blue Orchids, Sunflowers, Azure Bluets, Tulips, Lilacs, and other florid content.” Finally for those who are keen to explore instead of creating, the update throws in new rare materials and “subaquatic Ocean Monuments where Elder Guardians await to test your courage.”
Strategically or not, Microsoft failed to mention the update is also coming out on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 as the company decided last year to not make Minecraft exclusive to Xbox consoles. Many still wonder if they might pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce Minecraft 2 as an Xbox One exclusive alongside a Windows 10 PC version, although this is unlikely with all the profit they are earning from mobile and PlayStation platforms.
It’s still bewildering to see a Microsoft owned IP consistently getting into the top 10 most sold PlayStation digital games list every month, with even Nintendo recently announcing Minecraft would be coming to Wii U. And with the Wii U version of the game having launched yesterday (at the time of writing this), Nintendo fans are going to have to wait for today’s new patch to hit the console.
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Source: Xbox Wire