Not ones to be outdone, Mojang and Microsoft have revealed that sales of Minecraft have reached a staggering 144 million across all platforms, with a hugely impressive retention of 74 million active monthly players.
The news comes just weeks after PUBG eclipsed the total PC sales of Minecraft. Despite this, Minecraft’s success still shows no signs of slowing. The last official figure we heard was 122 million copies sold as of February 2017, meaning an average of 2 million copies of Minecraft sold every month. This compares to 1.7 million per month the prior year. Far from Minecraft’s success waning, there's actually a growth in the rate of sales.
As of right now, one in every 50 on the planet own a copy of Minecraft.
“We just recently set a new record in December for monthly active users, so now we’re at 74 million monthly active users — and that’s really a testament to people coming back to the game, whether it’s through the game updates or bringing in new players from across the world,” said Minecraft’s head honcho Helen Chiang, to PopSugar. “That’s really our goal, to keep building the community that we have.”
Suddenly that $2.5 billion Microsoft buyout in 2014 really doesn’t seem so bad at all. At the time, 54 million copies of Minecraft had been sold. In the intervening three years, a further 90 million copies of Minecraft have been shifted, on top of all the microtransaction income and cross-licensing. It is, for want of a better word, a cash-cow.
And, despite being almost a decade old, big changes are still afoot for Minecraft. This Spring heralds the arrival of Update Aquatic, possibly the biggest update to Minecraft ever. It adds an ocean biome complete with fish, coral, shipwrecks to explore, treasure hunts, and even aquariums to place on land.
Along with Aquatic, the Super Duper Graphics Update (pictured up top) will also be rolling out for PC and Xbox One X in Spring. This totally revamps Minecraft’s graphics, turn from blocky yet functional garishness to blocky yet functional sumptuousness.
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