Minecraft Sells 10 Million Copies, Teases Horses in Update

Minecraft Sells 10 Million Copies, Teases Horses in Update

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Head developer Jens Bergensten says the team is busy working on features for 1.6, dropping a not-so-subtle hint that horses are on the way.

Minecraft is the runaway freight train that just keeps on going. Mojang's independently produced tree-punching simulator has now sold over 10 million copies of the PC and Mac version of the game. Obviously, this means that when you take into account the Xbox Live version, and the Android and iOS "Pocket Edition," that figure is even higher.

Head developer Jens Bergensten promised to reveal a subtle hint on the most major feature of the game's upcoming 1.6 patch once the game hit 10 million copies sold, and he has delivered on that promise. Here is the not-so-subtle hint that all but confirms that horses are on the way.

Minecraft got its start as a little indie title developed almost entirely by Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson. Over the last five years, it exploded in popularity, becoming one of the biggest indie success stories. 10 million copies is a huge number, and just goes to show that indie titles made by the little guy can easily go toe-to-toe with the big boys and their major publishers, provided that they have a good idea behind them. To put things into perspective, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II has sold 7.5 million copies.

A recent update for the Xbox 360 version of the game added "The End" zone and took some pretty big steps to bringing the console version in-line with the PC version.

Mojang also recently revealed Minecraft Realms, a subscription based service that aims to provide "a safe and easy way for kids and families to play Minecraft online."

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Steven Bogos:
Jeb Bergensten

Jens Bergensten, actually.

I love that Minecraft has managed to achieve this level of success. I think it's really interesting how my views of the game industry have changed as I've grown older...

People still play Minecraft?

Damn, I got bored of that years ago :D

Curse my crappy imagination.

JediMB:

Steven Bogos:
Jeb Bergensten

Jens Bergensten, actually.

Thanks for that! Damn sweedish names...

Daystar Clarion:
People still play Minecraft?

Damn, I got bored of that years ago :D

Curse my crappy imagination.

My imagination is pretty crappy too. I feel completely incapable of creating anything with aesthetic appeal.

Still a cool game, though. Maybe I'll pick it back up again later this year to see how it's changed.

Daystar Clarion:
People still play Minecraft?

Damn, I got bored of that years ago :D

Curse my crappy imagination.

I still have an outline for a doom fortress I never got around to making.
I'm afraid to go back or switch to the PC version. So many other games I need to finish.

Steven Bogos:

JediMB:

Steven Bogos:
Jeb Bergensten

Jens Bergensten, actually.

Thanks for that! Damn sweedish names...

Well, at least our Swedish vowels make more sense than the English ones. :P

And you're welcome.

yeah, now i can show people my horse and how amazing it is.
and if they are nice, i may show them my universe.

rhizhim:
yeah, now i can show people my horse and how amazing it is.
and if they are nice, i may show them my universe.

Will you show me where the lemonade comes from?

Also, I'm sure the universe pretty much covers everything.

Daystar Clarion:

rhizhim:
yeah, now i can show people my horse and how amazing it is.
and if they are nice, i may show them my universe.

Will you show me where the lemonade comes from?

Also, I'm sure the universe pretty much covers everything.

shut up, dog and get on my horse...

Steven Bogos:

Head developer Jens Bergensten says the team is busy working on features for 1.6, dropping a not-so-subtle hint...

Whoa, girls in Minecraft? It's about time!

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All joking aside, I'm actually willing to bet that horses in Minecraft would be a hell of a lot easier to control than horses on, say, Assassin's Creed III.

"10 million copies is a huge number, and just goes to show that indie titles made by the little guy can easily go toe-to-toe with the big boys and their major publishers, provided that they have a good idea behind them. To put things into perspective, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II has sold 7.5 million copies."

This is the outlier. It is an exception to the rule. The average indie dev wage is around $23k.

If your indie game is amazing, you end up with Fez, or Braid, or Limbo (to an extent it's indie), or Super Meat Boy; if your indie game is okay you end up with the titles that don't make it to HIB or Steam and barely keep you eating.

Then you have the sea of everyone else with tens of thousands of games released every year that may be great or may be terrible that receive no recognition and don't put food on the plate.

People believing they can make it like Notch is a pipe dream.

Horses? Was minecarts and Nether portals not good enough for long-distance travel?

I'm still waiting for a "designer update" and the return of the original Survival mode...

Minecraft: Stealing ideas from its own modding community since 2009.

Horses have feelings too you know . . . just sayin.

What's wrong with riding Pigs with a Carrot-on-a-stick? You kids and your newfangled ideas!

Pedro The Hutt:
Minecraft: Stealing ideas from its own modding community since 2009.

But horses exist in real life... It was not an original idea created by an individual/modder.
I will consent, however, that somethings in Minecraft now were originally mods, like the piston. But is it stealing if Mojang asks for consent?

Huh. This would actually make me start playing the game again. Well that, and people to play it with.

Finally, my castle has two stables built but putting pigs in there just feels really weird. Can we get lance a too so we can joust? Would probably be hard to craft given the recipes already taken.

...and the horse you rode in on.

I will never replace Fury, my trusty pig-steed! NEVER!

Unless I get really hungry, maybe...

Like any new feature that Mojang teases us with... there's already a mod someone else came up with.

And the mod is usually less restrictive.

Pebkio:
Like any new feature that Mojang teases us with... there's already a mod someone else came up with.

And the mod is usually less restrictive.

well dem xbox and ipad players gotta have somethin lol

Most people knew this was coming when Jens 'accidentally' showed the horse files at Mojam.

Can't say I'm too excited. I'm not a horse person in RL, we already have a way to travel long distances, plus we already have more than enough livestock type mobs in my opinion.

I've heard rumors the next update will be a terrain update of some sort, which if true excites me much more than this.

I really don't see how horses will be particularly useful, speed potions are cheap and easy to acquire. Unless of course you can use them to make glue.

weirdguy:

Pebkio:
Like any new feature that Mojang teases us with... there's already a mod someone else came up with.

And the mod is usually less restrictive.

well dem xbox and ipad players gotta have somethin lol

And given their current record of updating those systems versions of the game, we probably won't see it for at least a year.

Pedro The Hutt:
Minecraft: Stealing ideas from its own modding community since 2009.

I'd point out how Valve do similar, but they don't steal, as they give money to people that create stuff for them.

I'm curious, do Mojang?

I bought Minecraft back when it was in beta but haven't played it much recently. I can't help but wonder though: How long would the game survive for if there weren't constant updates? It's basically just lego put into a game with more stuff to it, but the game could be so much more.

For instance, if the game was basically the same but you had a lot more freedom with placing things, would it be better or worse? And by more freedom placing things, I mean not limited to the block structure Minecraft is known for.

DVS BSTrD:

Daystar Clarion:
People still play Minecraft?

Damn, I got bored of that years ago :D

Curse my crappy imagination.

I still have an outline for a doom fortress I never got around to making.
I'm afraid to go back or switch to the PC version. So many other games I need to finish.

Damn, DVS, sounds like you have artists' block.

that was terrible

OT: It amazing that such a small company made such a big impact. I do kinda agree with Notch that it makes everything after seem almost pointless ):

Daystar Clarion:
People still play Minecraft?

Damn, I got bored of that years ago :D

Curse my crappy imagination.

One of the great things about Minecraft is that there's a ton of new stuff that wasn't there years ago. And unlike the AAA industry its a free update, not paid DLC.

Angel Molina:

Pedro The Hutt:
Minecraft: Stealing ideas from its own modding community since 2009.

But horses exist in real life... It was not an original idea created by an individual/modder.
I will consent, however, that somethings in Minecraft now were originally mods, like the piston. But is it stealing if Mojang asks for consent?

Pretty sure they don't, at least none of the automation modders mentioned being asked about the hopper.

But its also bullshit to call it stealing, unless you also want to say that CoD steals from (Doom, Wolfenstein? Whatever the first FPS was).

frobalt:

I bought Minecraft back when it was in beta but haven't played it much recently. I can't help but wonder though: How long would the game survive for if there weren't constant updates? It's basically just lego put into a game with more stuff to it, but the game could be so much more.

i recon it could still do ok. as we see with that server thingy they were talking about a few weeks ago its not just adults/teenagers who are playing this game its also getting parents and their kids playing as well.

now i dont doubt that it would start to lag a bit in some circles if the updates stopped but the modders would still carry on and if it starts to get (unless it hasnt already) a good kid friendly rep in parenting circles it could keep going for a wile as every year new parents want to find a nice safe game for their children to play without all the violence and many probally played with lego as children themselfs, so might be a little put off with the whole computer side but accept that the world has changed and this is as close as they are going to get to what they experienced in their youth

Ooh, fun! I was wondering when they'd finally put in horses.

It's too late for me, though. I already have a faithful Minecraft steed: Porkofax, Lord Of All Oinkers.

Didn't they have horses as a mod months if not a year ago? Oh well, nice to see it's still getting support after all this time.

 

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