Posts with tag minecraft
Microsoft has their building blocks
Mojang isn’t a big studio, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from paying a big price for it. While the Swedish indie studio is home to less than 50 employees, these guys are hard at work on one of the biggest games the gaming industry has seen in some time – Minecraft, the multiplatform wonder that has captured the heart of hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of gamers across potentially even more devices. And now, for a cool $2.5 billion, it belongs to Microsoft. Or it will as soon as the deal closes, rather.
While it’s not inherently clear as to what Microsoft plans on doing with Mojang, you can bet that Minecraft won’t see any neglect going forward. Minecraft is essentially the singular big product the company has ever put out, which means that Microsoft’s interest in the company has to be directly relating to Minecraft. More than likely, the company is planning on using the studio to build up the in-house studio support of their Xbox (and likely Windows, including Windows Phone) gaming platforms.
While that may sound like it makes sense, and also pretty exciting – Microsoft is a massive company with enough clout and money to improve all the ways Minecraft has lagged behind some expectations in recent years -it should also kind of scare you. Minecraft is famously available on just about every platform known to man (as long as that platform doesn’t happen to be made by Nintendo – sorry, fellow Wii U and 3DS fans), and Microsoft likely has very little interest in becoming an enthusiastic PlayStation or Android developer. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that Minecraft will ever become an Xbox and Windows exclusive, it does mean that we know where their priorities lie; indeed, Microsoft promises that Minecraft will “remain available” on all available platforms.
Mojang leader Markus “Notch” Persson has taken this opportunity to leave the company he helped build, explaining his feelings towards both the sale of his company to Microsoft as well as his personal feelings towards his relationship with his fans and game development in general in a new note posted on his personal website (and mirrored here) entitled, appropriately, “I’m leaving Mojang.” Notch claims that the deal, to him, isn’t about the money – but rather his sanity.
Following the news that Facebook is buying Oculus comes word that Notch, creator of the wildly popular sandbox game Minecraft has cancelled the official version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift.
For the very reason that Facebook has bought Oculus, Minecraft will never see an official release of the game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift. Notch having stated that “Facebook creeps [him] out” and how Facebook doesn’t care about their users other than if they’re getting more users are some of the reasons why he personally pulled the plug on the project.
Thankfully, the project was just in preliminary talks and given the nature of Minecraft there are mods out there that make it Rift-compatible, they’re just not official.
The indie world goes wild
Huge news from the Sony camp today – Sony has just announced at Gamescom that Mojang’s massive indie hit, Minecraft, will be hitting the PlayStation 4 as a launch title when the console launches this November.
Minecraft for PlayStation 4 comes after Sony offered Mojang a special golden PlayStation console. It’s the game’s third console port, following the release of Minecraft for Xbox 360 and the announcement of Minecraft for Xbox One. Speculation has already begun that Minecraft for PlayStation 4 should contain off-screen play for PlayStation Vita owners, allowing for some extreme crafting on the go… as long as you’re within wifi range, that is.
Upcoming Minecraft update to ditch the architecture
Mojang, the company behind the insanely popular Minecraft game, has just announced that they’ll be ending support for PowerPC Macs (most Macs made prior to 2006) with their upcoming Minecraft 1.6 update, which is due to be released Spring or Summer of 2013.
The change comes as Mojang ends support for the longstanding Java 5 platform, requiring users to upgrade to Java 6 to continue to play the game. Java 6 is incompatible with older PowerPC Mac computers. Many other developers and applications have already long ditched supporting the PowerPC architecture, which requires considerable effort to maintain for increasingly lower worthwhileness.
Dust off that Raspberry Pi, Minecraft fans
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced that, for the first time ever, owners of the tasty $35 Raspberry Pi computer will soon be able to game right alongside their bigger brothers, as Mojang is about to release a Minecraft: Pi Edition for the device, entirely free of charge.
Minecraft: Pi Edition supports several programming languages allowing players to control their Minecraft worlds like never before. In today’s announcement, Mojang said:
The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.
Source: Raspberry Pi
One of the biggest downsides in the tech industry these days comes in the form of the horrors of software patents. It seems like Mojang, developer of the wildly successful multi-platform game Minecraft, has now joined a not-so-exclusive club and has been sued for patent infringement by Texas-based company Uniloc.
The patent in question is patent #6,857,067, which is a “system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data”. The product that supposedly violates this patent is Minecraft for Android.
Notch, head of Mojang, has directly responded to the suit on his blog, saying that he “will throw piles of money at making sure they don’t get a cent.”