Software giant Microsoft has acquired the maker of the hit computer game Minecraft for US$2.5 billion. However, the brains behind the video game will be leaving, according to media reports.
Mojang AB is being acquired by Microsoft, but the founders of the Swedish company – Markus Persson, Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh – will be departing. Nevertheless, fans are being ensured that Minecraft will continue to evolve.
“We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been,” Mojang said in a statement.
Mojang says it will continue to support other versions of Minecraft running on various platforms.
“There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future,” added Mojang.
Minecraft is now one of the most popular video games in the world. It is being referred to as a digital equivalent of playing with Legos. In the game, players must farm food to survive and battle against hostile monsters by forging weapons and armours. However, the biggest draw for many players is the ability to build anything they desire, such as castles, dungeons filled with traps, or just a simple home.
Mojang has sold more than 50 million copies of Minecraft on PCs and other platforms since its launch in 2009. The game has also inspired toys, an upcoming film from Warner Bros., and top-selling guidebooks.