|Source: Nintendo Enthusiast|
Microsoft have today announced their simultaneous acquisition of the video games development company Mojang and the rights to the latter studio's beloved Minecraft brand. Originally crafted by Markus "Notch" Persson, the hit sandbox title débuted on PC in 2011, after which it soon became regarded as a cult classic by its vast range of followers and spawned a number of ports on current- and next-generation consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.
All good things must come to an end, however, and whilst Microsoft's acquisition of these two industrial and technological pioneers will surely have plenty of benefits for the franchise down the line (and, better yet, shouldn't affect the non-Xbox versions of the product either) including the inevitable expansion of its fandom and therefore commercial appeal, the loss of "Notch" at Mojang will doubtless prove to be a disheartening development for long-term series veterans and the company as a whole, if only temporarily. Thankfully, the team's official website assured readers that their most prized asset is hard at work on plenty of new "cool stuff", presumably including some of the "smaller projects" which he was apparently unable to spearhead as a result of the time and attention necessitated by a global franchise such as this one. There'll be plenty of time to discuss the long-term ramifications of Microsoft's potentially industry-altering move (further details of which can be found in the official announcement video below) in the coming weeks, but for now, we'll simply congratulate "Notch" on the extent to which his first major product thrived in the tough-as-nails modern video gaming market and wish him the very best of luck for his future endeavours.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition are available now for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network respectively.