Minecraft Announced for Windows Phone A Month After Microsoft Acquisition
A month after being acquired by Microsoft, Minecraft is coming to Windows Phone.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is headed to Microsoft's Windows Phone device, the game's lead developer at Mojang Jens Bergensten has announced.
"Yes, Minecraft: Pocket Edition *is* coming to the Windows Phone!" he said. "The port runs already, but there's still much to do before any release."
The day before Microsoft confirmed it was acquiring Minecraft for $2.5 billion, we reported that Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said that the deal was meant to support Microsoft's mobile business. "We don’t view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis," He said. "This also appears to be consistent with (Microsoft) CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile and cloud strategy."
Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the game available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play, is indeed tremendously popular. In April, Bergensten revealed that Pocket Edition sold over 21 million copies.
Minecraft's PlayStation Vita Edition was also just released despite the Microsoft acquisition. The game should be available at US retailers as of yesterday for $20, and will release in Europe on October 14.
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