Minecraft Has Many Millions More Monthly Players Than Fortnite; No Sequel Is Coming

Minecraft remains one of the most popular games of all time.

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When Microsoft paid $2.5 billion to buy the Minecraft franchise, some predicted that the company's next move would be to announce more games, including Minecraft 2. A sequel to Minecraft may never happen--and for good reason, according to Minecraft's top boss.

"I really don't think that makes sense for Minecraft, given the community," Microsoft's Minecraft boss Helen Chiang told Business Insider. "It's something that always fractures the community."

According to the site, Minecraft currently has more than 91 million monthly active players, which is well ahead of Fortnite's 78.3 million players from August. If Microsoft were to make Minecraft 2, the player base might get fractured as some move to the sequel and others stay with the original. While Microsoft could theoretically do that and still make a lot of money, it makes more sense to keep the community together, according to Chiang.

"We're trying to keep our community together," she explained. "That's why our updates our free. We don't want to ask [players] to move from Minecraft 1 to Minecraft 2. We want them to just enjoy Minecraft. And there's other ways that we can expand that are more meaningful and authentic to what we want to be, rather than just releasing another iteration in the way that most other franchises do."

Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in 2014, after Microsoft bought Minecraft, that Minecraft 2 doesn't make a lot of sense.

Of course, Microsoft is expanding the Minecraft franchise, just not with a sequel. Just this weekend, Microsoft announced a Diablo-style dungeon-crawler called Minecraft Dungeons. The game, which launches in 2019 for PC, does not include the franchise's trademark building and creating mechanic.

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After all this years, i am really glad that Minecraft exist, the community may suck, but the game is actually fun but it does require the player to do everything themselves, but hey if this what i takes to beat fornite to the ground them by all means, PLAY MINECRAFT PEOPLE!! or i dont know play Tales of vesperia remastered, onimusha remastered, RE 2 remake, Kingdom hearts 3, Devil may cry 5, BORDERLANDS 2 Handsome collection on ps4 WITH ME or anything

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Something that pissed me off about map packs in COD or Battlefield. Its a great way to destroy the community forcing everyone to get map packs. The COD game is already fractured by tons of pointless modes. Another reason why people get bored of COD so quickly compared to counter strike. Is the perks. The perks are stupid in COD. Quick aim perk? Its so silly. CS doesnt have this stuff, so every kill is deserved. So every game is slightly different, compared to the last. Thus it consistently CS will always have more players than both COD and Battlefield combined. COD must hold the record for most sales to super small playerbase in mere months. Than any other game. What other game goes from 20 million sales, to a few thousand in a year , every year? If Black Ops 2....was so good, 500'000 people would still be playing it everyday and that suppose to be THE BEST call of duty....855 people sre playing it currently. Like theres barely 125'000 people playing a new COD release after a few mere months. CS 450'000 or so everyday......for the last 15 years..... theres more people playing the ORIGINAL CS than any of the older Battlefields or CODS. That says something.

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There are games that come, make a statement and then go. Like (Fortnite), Destiny and Overwatch.

Then there are games that come make a statement and stay, like WOW and Minecraft.

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I actually wish console companies would take a kinda similar approach with consoles these days. Me, I'd like to see consoles that genuinely have ten year plus lifespans and have a chance to live long and healthy lives much like the Game Boy did for example, largely because it was around and supported properly for so long, and that's regardless of technology moving forward in the meantime. The Sega Master System's and Mega Drive's/Genesis' long success in the likes of Brazil is another great example of the kind of lifespan and support I'm talking about.

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@amaneuvering: Hard to do that, when at multiplatform release the PC version actually shows that the console version runs just on medium/high settings, consoles will always be behind, the only good thing about is optimization, but can still suck for games that originate from the PC, though depends what the devs are prioritizing, if you look at Arkham Asylum.

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@amaneuvering: In-game tech is rapidly advancing visually. Companies won't support a console until we get consoles that hold up to graphical advancements. The OG and Slim XB1 and PS4 are starting to have trouble running newer games. Next gen of consoles I think will probably be the ones to see some long term decade or more support.

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I don't need a sequel. I just need a reason to play. I can jump into one of the procedural generated worlds and.....do what exactly? I can mine for precious materials, enchant my equipment, and defeat the Ender Dragon. But after that, what's there to do? I just think if there could be a story mode inside the sandbox environment, I'd have every reason to replay it.

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@93ChevyNut: Minecraft has become such a Multiplayer dependent game. I would suggest finding small survival servers or renting out a realm. It makes things way more enjoyable. I still run a 5 man realm for 2 years now. It's still fun.

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@bigbluefluff: Thanks for the tip!

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I agree with them. There is no reason for making Minecraft 2. 1 part of this game is enough. If players want something, they will make it in the 1st part.

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It's not only about number of active players, you should know that it's also about the traffic Fortnite has, and in that case it would be interesting to campare Fortnite, in terms of traffic, to, let's say, Facebook. Now this will be a great comprassion, not simple and obvious one you made in the article.

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To be fair,Minecraft is around for a decade and Fortnite only a year (i guess) so this can be considered a huge win for Fortnite in comparison.

With saying that,i doubt that Fortnite has the potential to be a long running title like Minecraft.

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@sladakrobot: you think so? I think it's more impressive when super old games are still relevant than some new and trendy games in my opinion.

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@tonyleo01: i dont disagree...Minecraft is an unique game and managed to build up a huge community,young and old...that is the reason i dont see Fortnite as something that can last that long.

Eventually the hype will be gone

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@tonyleo01: I agree especially like WOW that still can pull in millions since launch. Fortnite can do it too. However, I would never say there will be an sequel for Minecraft for there were times when something was said will not happen and it happens.

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As long as they keep updates coming and keep building on it, that's great to hear!

More devs need to learn to do this with on and offline games alike.. I mean not every game, or even a lot of them. But games where it makes sense. (open world, sandbox, action/adv RPGs, WRPGs etc.... also looking at you Rockstar.. *grumbles*)

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What else could you possibly do in Minecraft 2? You already build anything you want.

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@wrestlefanatic7: Sure enough and looking at some of the creations made with Minecraft, it is mind blowing.

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It's good to see that someone values community. Well done.

-- It would be neat though if they could have worked in a building element into Dungeons. Crafting would be a natural fit but I could also imagine building elements to construct connective pathways, special sanctums, shops, etc, and special planned out scenarios like where the team is frantically defending off swarms of baddies, trying to collect enough materials and build a bridge to safety -- could be uniquely fun ;)

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I never would have imagined that many people still play it. I never hear about it anymore and assumed it had mostly died down in popularity.

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Ah, so when Fortnite beats Minecraft, Minecraft 2 is happening.

Got it.

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Hear that destiny? There should never have been a part 2. Minecraft is smart to never fracture the playerbase.

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