While Minecraft was already extremely popular on PC, the decision to release console ports of the popular title have proved to be a good investment. The lifetime sales of the series have continued to climb since 4J Studios’ Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft first launched over two years ago. In that time, over 13 million copies have been sold on Xbox 360 with an additional 2 million copies moved on the Playstation 3 according to an update on the game’s sales provided by Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan on June 25.
Thanks in part to the continued cusses of Minecraft on home consoles, the series has now been confirmed to have sold over 54 million copies across all platforms. In addition to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game, the original PC edition of Minecraft is still selling strong along with its mobile edition.
In a move that will surely boost the franchise’s sales to even greater heights, 4J Studios is also currently developing new editions of Minecraft for additional platforms. This August will see the launch of the popular block-filled creation title on the Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita. The upcoming handheld edition will be similar to the currently released versions of the game on last-gen consoles. In fact, the PS Vita title will feature cross-buy support which means that anyone who owns the game on PS3 will be able to download it on PS Vita for no additional charge.
The new-gen versions of Minecraft, however, will offer a few minor improvements to the existing console editions such as larger map sizes and increased draw distances. Fans will also be able to import their game saves from last-gen platforms in order to continue playing in the same world. Furthermore, those who have previously picked up the game on either console will be able to digitally upgrade to the Xbox One or Playstation 4 for only $5 instead of having to pay the game’s full $20 price point.