Minecraft 2 Not Happening Anytime Soon
"I can't promise forever there'll never be a Minecraft 2, but for the foreseeable future there won't be."
After Microsoft bought Mojang and its sandbox super-hit Minecraft last year, some thought we might see Minecraft 2 sooner than later. But Xbox boss Phil Spencer already said he has no immediate plans to push out a sequel, and now Mojang has spoken out to stress Minecraft 2 isn't happening anytime soon.
That's not to say it won't happen sometime down the road, however.
"First of all, there's been no discussions about Minecraft 2 at the moment," Mojang CEO Jonas Martensson told IGN, adding that he expects the first game to be supported through at least 2020. "I can't promise forever there'll never be a Minecraft 2, but for the foreseeable future there won't be."
Microsoft Game Studios general manager Matt Booty added that Microsoft has "never" had a conversation about Minecraft 2 because he sees Minecraft as more of a platform that is continually updated over time.
"The way to think about it is more to do with continual updates and a continual process," Booty said.
So instead of a full-on sequel, Martensson said Mojang's main directive--right now, at least--is to listen to player feedback, support mods, and release the game for as many platforms as possible. Minecraft is already available for PC and most major gaming platforms, but there is one notable exception. The game is nowhere to be found on Nintendo's home console or portable devices.
If Mojang does indeed move forward on a Minecraft sequel, it will be done without creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who left Mojang after Microsoft bought the franchise.
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