Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon since its initial release in 2009. Developed by Mojang and now owned by Microsoft, the block-based survival game has captivated millions of players worldwide. With its simple yet addictive gameplay and endless creative possibilities, Minecraft has achieved a remarkable milestone: it has sold over 300 million copies.
Announced during the Minecraft Live 2023 stream, Mojang celebrated the game's upcoming 15th anniversary and revealed the astonishing sales figures. According to Mojang, Minecraft has sold over 300 million copies worldwide, which comfortably surpasses the sales of any other video game in history. Grand Theft Auto V sits in 2nd place with 185 million copies sold, and Tetris is the only other game to achieve the 100 million milestone. Wii Sports and PUBG closes out the top 5 with 83 and 75 million sales respectively.
Besides celebrating the sales milestone, Minecraft Live 2023 featured several exciting announcements about upcoming features and DLC. One highlight of the event was the Mob Vote, where players had the opportunity to choose a new creature to be permanently added to Minecraft. In a fierce competition against penguins and crabs, the armadillo emerged as the winner. Soon, players will be able to encounter and interact with these adorable critters in their Minecraft worlds.
Fans of both Minecraft and Star Wars were thrilled to learn about the upcoming Star Wars themed DLC. Set during the Clone Wars, this new adventure will allow players to customise their own lightsabers and droids. With a release date set for November 7, fans can look forward to an immersive Star Wars experience within the blocky world of Minecraft.
For nature enthusiasts, Minecraft Live 2023 announced the upcoming Planet Earth III DLC. Inspired by the acclaimed documentary series, this DLC will introduce blocky versions of various biomes and creatures featured in the show. Players can explore and interact with these virtual ecosystems, further blurring the lines between the real and virtual worlds.
Providing a sneak peek into the future of Minecraft, the conference revealed that a major update is planned for 2024. Minecraft 1.21 will introduce a new structure called trial chamber, which is a sprawling structure of rooms and corridors that are packed with traps, mobs, and loot. The trial chamber is procedurally generated so players will face a fresh challenge every time they enter.
With each update, Minecraft continues to evolve, offering new experiences and adventures for its dedicated player base. Its enduring appeal, innovative gameplay, and passionate community have solidified its status as a cultural phenomenon. As Minecraft continues to evolve and inspire, it remains a testament to the power of creativity, imagination, and the boundless potential of video games.
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