Monday, 15 September 2014

Hey Playstation, Craft This!

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"Oooh, great! Another game to wear on a T-Shirt at E3!" (Phil Spencer, Never)

Kinda obvious news today, as Microsoft have bought out Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, they announced in a post on the Xbox Wire. Yup, even though the popular blockulator just released on PS4 and has a PS Vita version coming soon, the Swedes have decided to pledge their allegiance to Microsoft. Then, Microsoft tried their hand at pledging(?), stating that they "plan to continue to make Minecraft available across all platforms." Good news for Playnationers, Appeople and Andruids.

Yup I tried hard to make those nicknames. And failed.

Ever since the Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition was launched, it's been in the top 10 charts of most countries. Just look at last week's charts: it's still there, meaning that this acquisition is a great one for Microsoft, even though the whopping $2.5 billion price tag (Screw you, peasants) may seem steep. It's set to be a great love affair, as companies like Turn 10 Studios and 343 Industries have thrived under Spencer's guidance.

Still, what's happening to Mojang once they become a Microsoft Studio? What will happen to projects like Scrolls, and will Minecon continue? Well, in an FAQ on the Mojang website, the Mojangstas *shudder* answered a lot of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. The biggest news it that founders Markus "Notch" Persson, Carl Menneh and Jakob Porser are leaving the studio, and it turns out that the reason Mojang wanted to be bought was because "Over the past few years, he's {Notch} made attempts to work on smaller projects but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle."

Oh yeah, and for all of you Rhotac kids, offensive teens and forgetful men, MINECON will be returning next year.

What do you guys think? Will Mojang thrive under Phil? Is that what she said? Tell us in the comments below!

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