Minecraft XBLA sells 6 million

Open-ended downloadable sandbox game reaches new sales milestone 10 months after launch.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has sold more than 6 million units, developer 4J Studios has announced through its Twitter account. This is up from 5 million at the end of 2012.

The game sells for $20, meaning it has generated $120 million since its original launch in May 2012.

Sales are likely to increase further, as a disc-based Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is coming to United States retailers on April 30. This will be followed by launches in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan in early June.

For more on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, check out GameSpot's review.

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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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FormattedGnu
FormattedGnu

SWEET! I just got a free Microsoft points card pin at freemspointsforever com

Outatomomega
Outatomomega

It's no doubt that Minecraft is a success but how will the developers plan to create something that will surpass it is something I wonder. Will they maintain the same level of success or be known forever for Minecraft. 

zpluffy
zpluffy

Terraria is the new sh!t now

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

The industry is in a bad state when this pointless garbage sells so well

lilcurt1978
lilcurt1978

never played the game can someone tell me what it is all about . I see alot of people on my xbl friends list playing this game

Zoza24
Zoza24

Stil waiting for the Ps3 version or PS4 version..

vadagar1
vadagar1

a great game that proves that games can sell if they are FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


and MC is a blast

stokis
stokis

If they have so much money, why they dont't make the graphics on next gen engine. The graphics looks like sh*t, but PC must be so powerful to run it. I don't understand is it the bad optimization or what? If they make it next gen graphics, they would milk billions not millions!!!

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Nothing against the game, but is there really a need to for an article every time they reach a level of sales?

franzito
franzito

I guess Mojang guys can retire by now...

kik4444
kik4444

This is kinda surprising, since the current xbox version of minecraft is exactly how the PC version was 2 years ago. I guess a lot of xbox users have shitty computers

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Minecraft was fun for a bit, I have no idea where they've taken it now.

They need to do something new. If they can't recreate the success of Minecraft and instead all they can do is milk it, they're pretty deadbeat.

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

I seriously hope they do an "enhanced" version of Minecraft on next gen consoles, with the specs that have been released and rumored, they should have no problem doing a direct port of the PC version with a much much much bigger play area and all the items/features that the current console version is missing.

wexorian
wexorian

Again keep's amaze me how many get sell again and again

nate1222
nate1222

This game has earned every bit of its success. My nieces love it on the 360, and I've recently started tinkering with Minecraft for PC.

blackace
blackace

I still have no plans on getting it. I did download the demo, but only played it for about an hour. I just don't have the time to devout hours and hours in Minecraft. If I did, I would be playing GW2 and Planetside 2 more often.

AndreJr7
AndreJr7

That just proves people have poor tastes.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

what's with the guy spamming every single news topic with that ad..

Shango4
Shango4

I heard mincraft is coming to the ps3 in august.

boarwar
boarwar

@Zoza24  yeah same...not sure why this is funny...
other than M$ literally bribing the industry to give PS users the finger at every opportunity 

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@stokis 

Are. . are you serious?

In case you aren't or in case anyone comes along and takes it seriously, the graphics were an aesthetic choice and I'm sure to also save resources.

Why?


Because the maps are so damn huge. On the PC? The maps will get as big as your computer will allow and it's all randomly generated. That's where the resources are going.

whackyq
whackyq

@AuronAXE I feel like they're milking it a bit now. However considering how successful it is I guess they deserve to for a bit xD

dkpunk
dkpunk

@AndreJr7 You're crazy.  The game is ridiculously fun and addictive.

Poodger
Poodger

@AndreJr7 Exactly, think of all the millions that didn't buy Minecraft! Those poor, tasteless souls.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@AndreJr7 Have you even played it? It's fantastic and has practically endless things you can do with it.

blackace
blackace

@jameswebster101 Stop spamming that stupid ad. You're going to get banned, if you continue to do that in every news thread.

ZaxtorMan
ZaxtorMan

@Shango4  Rumors are that the contract with Microsoft ends in May of this year, and word is that Minecraft exec said that they intend to launch Minecraft on Playstation.  (We don't know if that means PS3 or PS4, nor do we know 'when')  They did pretty much say that they have NO intention of bringing Minecraft to Nintendo, which to me is a surprise, since the audience of Nintendo consoles tends to be a much younger audience.  Time will tell, but if I had to guess, I'd put money on Mincecraft hitting the PS3 sometime this fall and the PS4 next spring or summer as well.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@kohle36 @jtthegame316  No actually i had a good child hood with may sega master system with alex the kidd built in and my bike. then later on my mega drive. but i don't see what me finding minecraft to be pointless rubbish has to do with anyones child hood

stokis
stokis

@AncientDozer @stokis i'm serious ofcourse.. the map size is not what slows down the computer, it's the draw distance. But even if the draw distance is low, the minecraft is really eating the pc power, but the graphics is really low. Why make graphics so low, if they have a resources to make it look something like unreal engine 3 at least???? i have played minecaft for at least some 40 hours, but i don't play it anymore, because the graphics is low. I know there is graphics mods, but they are low optimised, and their graphics are not so great.

Viper_1227
Viper_1227

@whackyq @AuronAXE I would think people would appreciated the extended support and making it available since it is still so popular and people want to play it. What if they just stopped "milking it" and updating right now, it would kind of suck. Just saying

R2C25
R2C25

@XboxGuy1537 @AndreJr7 It's the same people that blab about Kinect. Sure Kinect has it's moments, but if you have a family and you love to play with your siblings it's the best game feature available. 

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

@ZaxtorMan @Shango4 Wow. One person mentions Minecraft coming to playstation and all of a sudden the hatred towards the game is missing. Curious.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@R2C25 @jtthegame316 @kohle36  . by your logic if some don't like minecraft they had a bad childhood. i don't think some one disliking minecraft means they had a bad childhood some how.

R2C25
R2C25

@jtthegame316 @kohle36 You are so bitter that's what... If you don't like it it's garbage and you don't understand. If I hate bikes and Sega consoles then theyr are garbage in your logic.

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@stokis @AncientDozer I'm not really sure what you mean by the graphics mods being low optimised and not so great, you can download HD texture packs and shader mods, but when the game is literally about using large block shapes for everything, you aren't going to have fantastically realistic graphics.

As for Minecraft performance, I can't really say whether this is due to using Java or whether it's just badly programmed (probably both). However you can use a mod called Optifine which will go a long way towards improving performance.

stokis
stokis

@AncientDozer @stokis your are right that most important is gameplay and not graphics. What i'm trying to say is that minecraft has a very awful graphics. It looks like from a year 1995. Now when gameplay is polished, why not make the graphics look like in year 2007 at least???? than gamers like me, would start playing it again!

Viper_1227
Viper_1227

@stokis @AncientDozer No no..it really is the map size, lol.. Like he said, the world on PC is virtually infinite, with each block randomly generated, that is where it's going. Why do you think the xbox version has a limited map size?

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@stokis @AncientDozer 

Like I said, part of it was an aesthetic choice. So much emphasis on high graphics have detracted from the quality of games.

This game has, in the eyes of many, demonstrated that graphics aren't important to enjoyment. For most people.