Minecraft franchise sales hit 17.5 million

Mojang reveals Pocket Edition of creation game hits 5 million in sales, boosting total franchise figure to new milestone.

The Minecraft franchise has reached new heights. Mojang developer Johan Bernhardsson announced via his Twitter page today that Minecraft: Pocket Edition has reached 5 million in sales, pushing the series sales total to over 17.5 million.

Minecraft for PC and Mac remains the breadwinner of the bunch, selling 8.3 million copies. The Xbox Live Arcade version of Minecraft is no slouch, though, selling 4.48 million copies as of last week.

Gamers interested in getting an inside look at the development of Minecraft can check out 2Player Productions' official Minecraft documentary. It was targeted to launch December 7, but according to a tweet from the company, it has been delayed to sometime later this month.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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tgwolf
tgwolf

Considering JUST THE AGE demographic of those that slurp up this game, I am not really surprised at how much success it has had...DOESN'T mean I think any higher of them or the game!

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

I am suprised that it hasn't sold better, It's a pretty fun game.

espn182005
espn182005

5 + 8.3 + 4.48 = 17.78 so is this off by over 250,000 copies sold?

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

Wait... Looking at the Comments below about porting it to the VITA...

NOW THAT's a good idea... i would love to drop on my bed and turn sideways and have the screen constantly be in range with your eyes...

The Problem with the 360 or PC one... you drop on the bed and turn... the SCREEN does not follow you!

RELAX AND PLAY!

BoBilo
BoBilo

If there was one game I could say was worth the purchase this year, it was Minecraft.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

On behalf of all PS3 users: Can we plaese get a Minecraft for PS3. PLEASE!?

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

Should I buy the 360 version or the PC version? What are the major differences?

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

they should put this game on nintendo eshop...

ninty fanboys want to try this too!

jollyjoel23
jollyjoel23

still dont know what makes this game so "FUCKING AWESOME!" but whatever

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

One hit wonder. Notch will never do anything remotely as popular.

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

I had this little ignorant hipster attitude when minecraft first came out. Didn't really like it, and thought it looked kind of stupid. Turns out, I was stupid. Lol. It's a great game, and it's hard to get bored with it when they keep adding new things to it. I don't consider myself a creative person, but if something pops into your head, chances are you can build it. I love minecraft, and it's a good game. It proves to today's kids that graphics aren't everything. Minecraft is one of the games where you can just escape the little snot nosed punks over call of duty or halo or something. It's definitely something everyone needs to try if they haven't already.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Minecraft is best on PC and it's only suitable that this version sells the most. Minecraft is now as indie as an Indiana Jones movie :P.

sonicare
sonicare

I have one for my PC and 1 for my iphone.  The iphone one isnt so good though.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

They sure keep us up to date with Minecraft sales...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Considering I have 2 PC copies and an Xbox one I guess I did my part. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

I wonder what milestone Minecraft is going to hit next week!!!!

 

This is news, I'm lovin' it....I'm guessing he gets paid by GS per article.

cvfan
cvfan

I have it for Xbox 360 and i am loving it so far.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

We gonna get one of these "Minecraft sells X amount" articles for every 10th sale it makes now or something?

Molinaj31
Molinaj31

First version of minecraft i played was pirated. I wasnt sure what to expect. I had read about all the hype but didnt understand what the game was about. Bought it 30 minutes later.

Poodger
Poodger

I recently purchased the pocket edition after playing the PC version for 2 years. Best 7 dollars I have ever spent on a phone app.

LonerCat
LonerCat

And where are those that claim piracy kills games? Eh? :P

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

...and I am one of those 17.5 million. I've had the PC version of Minecraft since Alpha, and it's become one of my favorite games. I'm not a fan of Mojang. Notch and his publicity annoy me, the engine should have left Java and been rebuilt from the ground up a long time ago, and modding should have been embraced early on to prevent many of the issues we have today.

 

That said, it was $13 well spent. Glad I bought it when I did. I personally think it's worth the asking price, but that doesn't mean they have to charge nearly $30 for it!

Urizen5
Urizen5

I've owned minecraft since it was first released. To me, it is the perfect "inbetweener" game. Whenever i need a break from playing too much of one game i play minecraft. I also play it, during the lapse between a finished game and the next new release. the game is always there, something new to do all the time, and it's still being updated all the time (for pc anyhow). It's a great filler in my gaming collection.

VampireLord123
VampireLord123

One more reason casual gaming is more reelevant now days than triple AAA games. Even if you put COD and AC3 together can reach the level of sales of this game.

HAIGZ
HAIGZ

 @Meta-Gnostic Major differences - PC version is most up to date.

- imo PC version has better controls - 360 version is better for playing with friends.

If you have a halfway decent pc I would suggest getting it on the PC.

nomadski69
nomadski69

 @Ripper_TV Does he need to? Isnt creating greatness something that should be applauded and appreciated, rather than used as a hitting stick for anything else he does?

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @mrsniper83 It's a good break from all the CoD and Halo sales articles :P.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @LonerCat I wouldn't say piracy ever killed a game, to me it just drove some foolish publishers away. But to give you an idea, Minecraft's PC version is so intensely pirated around Brazil, that almost all public servers offer "players" pirated game clients on their respective websites.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @Urizen5 That's exactly how I would describe my experience with Minecraft (Had it since beta). The randomly generated worlds factor heavily into this.

Poodger
Poodger

 @VampireLord123 I wouldn't categorize Minecraft as a "casual" game. It is a game that fulfills a wide spectrum of interests. Casuals can play it, yes. But it also appeals to the hardcore gamers, and the sheer magnificence of some creations can attest to the gap between these two audiences.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @VampireLord123 Minecraft is an indie game. Casual gaming is boringly overdone on simplicity and lack much depth. 

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@nomadski69 @Ripper_TV Thing is, it's not his greatness, he just happened to be at the right time and place. Being talented is being able to recreate your success.

Tauu
Tauu

 @ryan0991  @DarkSaber2k I agree with DarkSaber. 17.5 as a milestone? 10, 20, 30 etc. is understandable but 17.5? It just seems like a desperate attempt on a slow news day to post an article about something people care about to drive traffic.

VampireLord123
VampireLord123

 @Henrique2324

 Well technically it could be a casual game, anyone can play it, it does not require a great deal of skill to play, not like the title I already mention. Most indie games are casual, becomes they aim to a different crowd than people that are looking for big AAA titles.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

 @VampireLord123 What was the last time you saw a casual game with support for mods and texture packs? Or without a tutorial, for that matter? Minecraft can be hard to get into. Although there are countless videos and tutorials on the internet for Minecraft, it is not suited for your average casual gamer. And imo, most indie games aren't strictly casual, mainly because they form a sort of niche market bringing in many unique ideas.