Minecraft: Pocket Edition sells 700,000 units

Mojang reveals $7 portable iteration of indie adventure game nearing platinum status since August launch; presently selling 5,000 copies per day across iOS and Android.

Mojang's indie hit Minecraft has currently racked up sales of over 4.5 million, but it's not the company's only title posting strong figures. Mojang business developer Daniel Kaplan recently revealed via Twitter that Minecraft: Pocket Edition has sold more than 700,000 units since its debut in August.

Minecraft is proving to be the little game that could.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition launched in August for the Xperia Play, with $7 Android and iOS versions following in October and November, respectively. A follow-up tweet from Kaplan revealed that the game is selling a combined 5,000 copies per day across iOS and Android.

For more on Minecraft: Pocket Edition, check out GameSpot's preview of the game from MineCon 2011, embedded below.

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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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pieboyb
pieboyb

Okay, here's the thing. I have bought minecraft PE, but they say the update is coming February 8th. on that day Mojang will submit the update to iOS and android markets. If you're waiting to buy it when the update comes out, the price may raise. (the update also won't be the full survival mode, but later on when other updates make it that way, and since it's a fully functional version of minecraft, it might cost more then. I also know the PC minecraft is around $25 USD, so the price may be similar.) That's one of the reasons I went ahead and bought it, but if you have to pay for the update, my plan will be useless.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I've been curious to try out Minecraft, but I don't spend that much time gaming on a PC, especially in a building-blocks game. However, I could probably spend 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there toying around with it. I won't pay $7 for the game, but when it's on sale I might download it. Would have been nice to grab it during the Android 10 for $10 sales, but I didn't have any Android devices at the time to run it on. And now only have Kindle Fire, so not sure if it's available on the Amazon AppStore (not rooting my Kindle).

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Just when you thought this game couldn't rake in more cash... My flipping goodness.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Please, let it be moved to the vita and/or PS3! I'm dying to play it!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Now if only they'd update the friggin thing! They are supposed to submit an update on February 8 for all the platforms though so we'll see some new features then. They said that update will include doors, gates, and several animals. Apparently it took them a while to update because fans reacted against what they were doing with it. They were making Creative mode while the fans wanted survival so they had to fully reconfigure the code. BUT they said after the Feb 8 update then updates will come much faster from then on and it'll all be survival mode stuff. :D Woo!

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Why are the sales so high? As far as I know it's basically a stripped down version of Minecraft without crafting, enemies, etc.

bleat
bleat

I was about to say, how many of those sales were during the 10 cent Android market holiday bash? Probably many! According to google market page the paid version: INSTALLS: 100,000 - 500,000 That could very well be closer to 500,000 than 100,000.

fueled-system
fueled-system

Nope, I will buy it once it either goes on sale or the mob update hits

Icehearted
Icehearted

I got it when it was a dime on Android Market. Still has a long way to go because in it's current state it feels like a severely crippled demo.