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Minecraft shifts 12 million titles on Xbox

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Mon Apr 07 2014, 09:56

BREAKING AND PLACING GAME Minecraft has booked sales of 12 million on Microsoft's Xbox games console.

The seemingly basic game appeals to many, and its fans spend hours in the game breaking down and crafting blocks into buildings and landscapes. Microsoft is happy to play host to it, and said that it's one of the best selling Xbox 360 games.

A Candy Texture pack will be released as an add-on for the Xbox 360 Minecraft game on 18 April.

"Just in case you were one of the six people on the planet who didn't know this already: Mojang's 'Minecraft' is kind of a big deal," said Microsoft.

"In fact, the critically acclaimed 'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition' just crossed the 12 million sold mark - making it one of the most successful Xbox 360 games ever."

On hand to comment on Mojang's excitement was Daniel Kaplan, its head of business development. He said it initially told Microsoft that it was hoping for one million sales. He said, "We never even dreamed of selling 12 million!"

Much of the appeal of the game is in its customisation, and Kaplan said that additional packs, like the recently released for Marvel will follow. These are called "mashups with other games".

While Mojang adds new features to Minecraft, the users drive it forward, and Kaplan said that the creators can be overwhelmed by what is built out there.

"The continued support and the fact that people are still able to surprise us with innovative creations," he added. "Considering you can't "cheat" by building stuff with external tools, the community have created incredible things."

While the game is a smash on the Microsoft games machine, you will not be seeing it through an Oculus Rift headset anytime soon.

As soon as that firm was bought by Facebook, the Minecraft developers canceled all development.

An Xbox One version supposedly is coming, sometime. µ


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