Minecraft more popular on Xbox Live than Modern Warfare 3

4J Studios' open-world creation game tallied more unique users than latest Call of Duty or any other game on Xbox 360 online platform for week of October 15.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is already a breakout hit. It has sold over 4 million copies since launch in May, driving $80 million in revenue. Now, it has hit another milestone. The latest Xbox Live activity chart reveals the game was the most popular title on Xbox Live for the week of October 15.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition tallied more unique users on Xbox Live during the week than big-budget retail releases like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 13, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Borderlands 2, Halo: Reach, and Battlefield 3.

Not surprisingly, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was also the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade title of the week, outperforming the likes of The Walking Dead, Sonic Adventure 2, and Trials Evolution. Specific sales figures were not released, but in August, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was selling at a clip of 17,000 copies per day, amassing revenue of $340,000 every 24 hours.

Upon launch on May 9, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition became profitable in just one hour, selling more than 400,000 copies during its first 24 hours on sale, and breaking all previous Xbox Live arcade digital sales records. The game reached 1 million in sales in just five days.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by 4J Studios, the Scotland-based shop that built Xbox Live Arcade titles Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie. It retails for $20. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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t0taldj
t0taldj

Good. MW3 was a disappointment. The only good CoD games were CoD1,2,4 and MW2.

okassar
okassar

Microsoft knows people will get sucked into Xbox Live and perhaps buy an annual subscription after the two weeks end. They will also enjoy their Xbox more and more heavily consider whatever next-gen console Microsoft comes up with. Good strategy.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

I think this constant mind battery of this game has gotten to me. Is this game just Halo forge but on a massive scale?

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Better game is more popular. riveting news.

jelloman18
jelloman18

its because MW3 sucks complete ass... its a mw2 clone...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Funny that. Something with 4 player local co-op and online co-op if one would rather go that route is a break-out hit? who would have guessed?! Oh yeah, everyone that needed a nice local multiplayer game since Castle Crashers. 

jark888
jark888

Such a stunning story!!

Phoenix-Ho-Yoku
Phoenix-Ho-Yoku

well no wonder since the xbox dont have games till halo 4 comes out

MW3 was a pile of shit game so yep i could see that 1 pixel crap game taking over for a while....why ppl playing this crap ? cant say.

MadCat221
MadCat221

The beginning of the end of that worn-ragged franchise, I hope.

 

Is it just me, or does "codblops" sound scatological?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Even as boring as COD has become, I really don't see how.  Minecraft is a boring, ugly waste of time.

 

They call the graphics style "retro", when NES games had way better graphics.  An insult to retro games.

jubeio
jubeio

Whether it changes or not congrats to Mojang for this, when they started out I never expected it to get so big on 2 platforms

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Minecraft is the kind of game you can keep coming back to. Once people play a map in COD for the billionth time, and are all "ooh, COD 436 is coming out soon!" their desire to play it more diminishes.

With Minecraft, you'll play it until it's boring, then end up coming back to it later and starting over again and it feels fresh. It's limited by your imagination. I've personally had about 5 "ages" of Minecraft where I'd start in a new world and build an empire with a vast network of buildings and bases and mines, and store up thousands of materials and tools and think, "I'm done." just to go back to it a few months later and start all over again with new ideas.

tightwad34
tightwad34

While this is absolutely great to see a non sheepish game over the most sheepish of all time, it's only going to last until the next COD comes out in what, a month or so?

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

I hope some developers take note of the fact that solid gameplay has "headshotted" franchise name and grafix. I think there is a lesson in that for them.

farcorners
farcorners

Astonishing, for a game available only on LIVE. This must make PS3 owners (and I have both 360 and PS3) wish for this game on their system, however, with the low price points of consoles, the MINE(craft) VS YOURS ought to be over. It is time for everyone to get the other console. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Minecraft is a great game, but I find it a little odd that this 360 version has become so hugely popular.

 

I'm guessing a very large percentage of these 360 Minecraft players also own PCs that are perfectly capable of playing Minecraft, and in comparison to the PC version, 360 Minecraft is tiny, and severely limited in its gameplay.

vader501st
vader501st

Impressive. But for me, few games were able to make me put down MW 3 for more than a couple of weeks. Here's hoping Halo 4 and BLOPS 2 will change that.

Flint247
Flint247

The Gamespot review of this game should be rewritten now that creative mode and other features are out.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

...I love the game... BUT WHAT THE HELL IS THE GOAL OF IT??? I guess an infinite LEGO sandbox doesn't need further purpose than constructing... maybe it's just me?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Wow, maybe there is still hope in the industry. Today was a good day.

brok
brok

Good for you, 4J. I only wish the same could be said for Perfect Dark xbla. I wish these guys would talk to Crytek and do HD Timesplitters remakes for them...

bmart970
bmart970

It is certainly better than MW3, that's for sure.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I was dumb enough to try out Minecraft for the first time when I had a serious illness recently that kept me away from work from two weeks. Now I'm addicted to the damn thing :P

Flint247
Flint247

When I first played Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition trial version, I will admit, I did not get it and it felt kind of boring. But then 5 hours of playing the trial later, I got hooked to the core of game, which was building things. I decided to buy the game later on. From the time I bought it until the time the 1.8.2. update came out, I have played the game for over 150 hours. After the update, I am still playing the game, adding about 30 more hours of game play.

 

I recommend this game only if you have real creative mind, local or online friends to play with, and a youtube account with a capture device or video camera to showcase your work (building for yourself only can be really boring and pointless at times). It is a great game to play. It may seem simple and boring at first, but once you get into making bigger things like mansions, castles, etc on the game, it can be addicting. The survival part of the game adds some objectives to keep the player moving and not stopping, while creative mode gives you the option to build bigger things faster. I did not think it would be worth the $20, but I was wrong after playing close to 200 hours of game play already.

 

It is good to see an indie company get this popular on a small game. It inspires me to appreciate the small things because the small things can lead to big successes.

Daian
Daian

Personally I don't play it because it's just one of those games that go on forever with no purpose or end and it's so time consuming, but I'm glad an indie game is kicking Kraptivision's ass.

 

Well, at least until BO2 comes out, those will be dark days indeed with nothing in the gaming news except how many records it's breaking and how many  mindless 12 year olds buy it.

blackace
blackace

I still don't own the game and have no plans of paying $20 for it. I don't really see the thrill in this game. Reminds me of The Sims. Very popular game, but not much point to it. Just seems like a waste of a lot of time.

ziproy
ziproy

So now we can't play Minecraft anymore cuz its hip right?? That's how being an American consumer is right??

SolidTy
SolidTy

Considering 2011's COD8 : MW3 was created after the ACTIVISION's destruction of Infinity Ward (the creators of COD).

 

Considering that Raven software, Sledgehammer, and Treyarch pitched in with what tiny fragment of IW was left at ACTIVISION to make COD8 : MW3....this isn't all that surprising.

vrossv
vrossv

 @Phoenix-Ho-Yoku its a shame youve never given minecraft a chance. Only those without imagination or creativity dislike it. You must fall under that category, too bad.

666Rich666
666Rich666

 @tightwad34 The sad part is that you can come out with a game called Call of Duty : Laundry Folder and people will undoubtedly buy it.

MrHanky35
MrHanky35

 @farcorners i haven't a clue why they would be envious, i have every console, and a game pc, and prefer games on consoles, but some games you just cant beat on pc (modifiable games) and MC can practically run on a calculator. vanilla MC is fun but the true sandbox lies on pc. ~equivalent exchange, BuildCraft, IndustrialCraft ect~

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @farcorners

 I'm a PS3 guy, but I am not interested in Minecraft one bit. I can usually see the appeal behind things, but I don't with this. I know it's a thinking man's game which I like, but I don't see anything that will really make this game stand out to me. I know 10 million+ can't be wrong, though.

tluker42010
tluker42010

 @Spartan_418 360 Minecraft is so small because the 360 Processor can't handle a world that you have on a pc, the processor is too small, it would be the same with a PS3, They can put a processor  big enough for a PC size minecraft world in a console but it would not be worth selling cause it would cost too much

FF9000
FF9000

 @vader501stpretty sad to hear that seeing as MW3 was just and update of MW2. I personally prefer BF3, but neither game is that great. The one game that keeps me coming back is Dark Souls and FIFA

 

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

@Getbacktogaming I did get to a point like that in MC. Then I started playing survival mode and just having the goal of not dying makes it a LOT more interesting. To build a world over many weeks including a nice castle and the works, then get ganked by a spider in a lapse of concentration and lose it all... its a different game.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @Daian Yeah, I couldn't really see the appeal either with no real means to an end of the game.  I was never into legos as a kid either, so maybe that is why.

 

12 year olds don't have jobs silly!  Well, maybe in some parts of the world.

PetJel
PetJel

 @blackace Judgment based on assumptions can be very deceiving.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

 @ziproy Isn't it more likely that more people will start to play it because it's hip?

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@SolidTy I don't think 3arc was involved with MW3 since they were focusing on BO2.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

 @tightwad34  @farcorners It's not really a thinking man's game though. If you like(d) Legos, you'll like minecraft. You just kind of wander around building junk with other junk you collect. The monsters and weapons are just icing. Redstone circuits are pretty cool and complicated, but they're a small part of the whole.

Supremely addictive to me, 'cause I loved Legos and building junk but I can understand how it wouldn't appeal to everyone. Just 'cause 10 million people like it doesn't mean everyone should. ;)