A while ago, Microsoft bought out Mojang, the creators of Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. Many Minecrafters are worried that Minecraft will go unsupported and there will be no new updates. Many players are outraged. When I first heard, I thought we weren’t going to see a Minecraft 2.0.
If you read Mojang’s post about the deal with Microsoft you’ll see this, “We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development.” There has been one update since the deal, 1.8.1 which is just bug fixes “with extra hugs”, and then some development on Minecraft Realms. I’m unsure when the next update will come, but it could be months. Another worry is that the community will not be able to make mods, videos and other general media around Minecraft.
Mojang has reassured the community that mods and media will continue to be allowed for Minecraft. They said, “Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests.”
The Mojang staff will stay the same except the founders of the game, Notch, Carl and Jakob left. The post said this about Notch, “…he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle.” All the editions for different platforms will continue to be developed and supported even though Microsoft owns it.
Microsoft’s plan for Minecraft:
Microsoft has already gone to work making exclusives for their own consoles. They have already created a Star Wars DLC exclusively for Xbox and are releasing other DLC’s as well such as Doctor Who (I don’t know, maybe) and Halo (not sure if this is already out). Microsoft could also be using Minecraft to boost sales for windows smartphones. Hopefully everything will stay the same as it was before and the 100+ million registered users can continue playing with this big change to Minecraft.
I am sorry to say I can’t post a how-to on installing a second bootloader on a Kindle until next week thursday. Thanks for reading, I won’t be posting tomorrow.