Microsoft Comments on Possible Minecraft 2

Are you worried that when Microsoft completes its $2.5 billion deal to buy Mojang and Minecraft it’ll rush out a Minecraft 2? Maybe put some spheres in there? Make Steve a space marine?

I dunno if this is enough to make you stop worrying, but Microsoft has commented on a possible sequel to Minecraft. They didn’t really say yes or no, but he did say they will take theĀ  needs and desires of the Minecraft community into account.

“I don’t know if Minecraft 2, if that’s the thing that makes the most sense. The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there. We need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else,” Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in a recent IGN interview. “It doesn’t mean that everything we’re going to do is going to map to 100 percent of their acceptance, because I don’t know if there is any topic where 100 percent of people agree. But we look at Job 1 is to go out and meet the needs of the Minecraft community first, and then we can think about ways that we can actually help grow it. That’s our sole focus.”

Spencer did suggest that Microsoft might seek to unify the console, PC and mobile versions of the game through Xbox Live so players can move from screen to screen seamlessly.

It’s probable that this would just apply to the Xbox, PC and Windows Phone versions and not to versions on other platforms owned by Microsoft competitors like Sony’s PS4 and Vita, which are highly unlikely to use Xbox Live. But Spencer didn’t say for sure. Microsoft has promised that it won’t yank Minecraft from other platforms like the PS4, but statements like this do make it seem like they are willing to add features to versions on platforms they control to give them an edge.

[Source: GameSpot]

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