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‘Minecraft’ has sold nearly 50 million copies across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC

Minecraft
Minecraft
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Mojang’s voxel-based sandbox creation title, Minecraft, continues to grow in popularity. The title’s sales keep climbing as major releases of the game having now launched on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. After Minecraft creator Markus Persson recently announced that the PC version of the block-building game has now sold more than 15 million copies, the International Business Times reported on May 1 that the franchise is now close to breaking over 50 million sales based upon the most recently revealed numbers for each platform.

Minecraft started as a PC indie release that later launched on Xbox 360 with the help of Microsoft Studios as the games popularity rose. Nearly a year and a half after the release of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, a new version of the game was also launched on PS3 in December of 2014. Both console ports of Minecraft were developed by 4J Studios, who are familiar with bringing major titles to new systems as they were the developer responsible for bring The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to the Playstation 3.

A mobile version of Minecraft is also available for download in addition to the title’s current availability on PC, Xbox 360, and PC. Furthermore, 4J Studios is also hard at work to release new editions of Minecraft on the new generation of consoles with launches on Xbox One and PS4 expected later this year. Giving fans yet another way to play the game, a handheld version of the game is currently in development for Sony’s PS Vita. The franchise’s total sales across all platforms will undoubtedly see giant boosts when these upcoming new editions eventually launch.

Players who currently own either the Xbox 360 or PS3 version of Minecraft will be able to import their world saves to the upcoming next-gen counterparts when the game releases on Xbox One and PS4. Many more reports of Minecraft reaching new sales landmarks are likely to continue as the game grows in popularity.