Minecraft goes live during MineCon keynote

Xbox 360 and iOS versions of indie hit discussed during opening presentation of Mojang-devoted Las Vegas convention.

Long after becoming a breakout indie phenomenon, Mojang's PC game Minecraft officially launched during the opening keynote address at the MineCon convention in Las Vegas on Friday. The ceremonial flipping of the switch by Markus "Notch" Persson kicked off a two-day celebration centered around the developer's latest efforts, with looks at the publisher's upcoming Scrolls and Cobalt.

Notch had a couple surprises up his sleeve for MineCon.

In addition to the official launch of Minecraft on PC--the game had been in beta to this point--the keynote also hosted an additional look at the upcoming Minecraft for Xbox Live Arcade, and the announcement that Minecraft had arrived on iOS.

Daniel Kaplan of Mojang confirmed that the game had been intended to launch during the keynote address, but logistical problems necessitated it be launched quietly on iOS the day before. Despite the lack of any marketing push for the Thursday release, it had already become the No. 1 paid app in all iTunes stores worldwide by Friday afternoon.

For more from MineCon, check out GameSpot's preview of the Xbox Live edition of Minecraft, as well as first looks at Scollsand Cobalt.

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GuilhermeHQ
GuilhermeHQ

You know when a game is REALLY successful if is it has its own Convention =D

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

It looks realllly nice on xbox. notch would make loads of money of that. anyway why dont they put it also on ps3 or something? anyone working on a port for it?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

i would like to see this on xbox and hope it succeeds. the only way to grantee that though is to put free dlc and mods or at low prices like 10-18 ms points for a pack or else its just vastly better on pc.

Rovelius
Rovelius

lol... that trailer was...um... yeah. I'll just go back to MineCraft...

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I will admit as a PS3 owner I am kicking myself alittle xD But at the same time it's ok. My creativity is used heavily in Little Big Planet 2, 360 needs a game like this. You guys & girls have fun with this :) Create awesome stuff.

Komania
Komania

@ASunGod It came out on Friday........

ASunGod
ASunGod

I want to hear a release date. They mentioned it at E3, yet there has been no information, I take that back, it was scheduled to come out on 11/11/11.

daub11
daub11

all i can say is that is just totally: AWSOME.

talool1
talool1

"Need minecraft for XBLA. Now. " couldn't agreed more

fabz_95
fabz_95

The beta was great fun, good to see the real game has been released.

oskuuu
oskuuu

any news 'bout how many points x360 version will cost?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Just one more block. Just one more block. Just one more block. Years from now a dusty skeleton will be found before a derelict and ancient computer. DNA testing will prove the skeleton is mine,and and scans via futuristically advanced technology will reveal that the computer and I died together playing Minecraft. Just one more block. Just one more block.........

brok
brok

Please tell me it went live when Notch flipped a switch on the wall... please?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

[1:53] The clip ends saying that Minecraft would go on to be the best-selling PC game of all time. -Stunning.

starduke
starduke

Okay, now that the games is officially out, you guys need to do a review! I, however, do not envy the reviewer.

Pukshd
Pukshd

@godzillavskong yes,minecraft is very addictive you should try out to PC

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Notch deserves all his success. Good guy and made a new genre of games all by himself.

iRaphas13
iRaphas13

Need minecraft for XBLA. Now.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

My son's love this game. They say it is addictive. I haven't really given it a try, but maybe I will once it comes to the 360.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Yeahh, the iOS app is some garbage. But I'll have to check Minecraft out again. Haven't logged on since the last update.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

If this were in my street I would be out of the country.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

If this were in Washington I would be there.