After garnering great success on the Xbox 360, “Minecraft” may find itself on other consoles sometime in the future.
On Tuesday, March 5, Mojang’s Jens Bergensten talked about the Xbox 360’s exclusive hold on “Minecraft” and the possibility of the title’s release on other platforms, including the PlayStation and Nintendo Wii U.
While talking with iGamer, Bergensten shared that Microsoft currently holds an exclusivity deal for “Minecraft” on consoles. However, once the deal expires, Mojang will then consider releasing “Minecraft” for PlayStation – it wasn’t specified if “Minecraft” could see release on PS4, PS Vita, or PS3 as only PlayStation mentioned.
Interestingly enough, Bergensten dismisses any likelihood of “Minecraft” for Wii U.
His full statement reads:
“Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for consoles,” said Bergensten, who is lead designer of Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS/Android. ”When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.”
“Minecraft” was released on the Xbox 360 in May of 2012 where the game saw explosive sales. With over 5 million digital copies sold, “Minecraft Xbox 360” is one of the most successful releases on the Xbox Live Marketplace and continues to keep players entertained.
A release on another system will surely spark similar interest from gamers.
Unfortunately, no additional details were given as to why it is unlikely for a Nintendo Wii U version of "Minecraft." As more indie developers release software on the Wii U eShop, this decision seems like an odd one.