Minecraft turns 11 and they just grow up too darn fast. The creative game began its journey into our hearts 11 years ago and has continued to be a positive light in the gaming community ever since. Now the title is celebrating a new milestone with a small studio rebrand and impressive player counts to ring in a new year of block-y goodness!
The studio took to the Minecraft website to reveal what's new and what the team has been working towards. "Why would we need a new name and logo in the first place? Well, why not? Humans like to reinvent themselves from time to time, so it’s only right that we extend the same courtesy to a company that’s been around for over a decade," reads the official blog post in its usual cheeky manner. "I mean, would you still wear the outfit that perfectly defined your style in 2009?"
But as the future commences under a new banner, it's also time to celebrate how far this monumental game has come. From its launch, Minecraft has sold over 200 million copies! Now some might be saying that's not a hard feat over 11 years, which would be incorrect, so to make that number pop a little more, that includes over 126 million active players every month. This game is far from dead, those cancellation rumors can be locked away in the Ether.
A big reason why there are so many active users lately is in large part due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and its devastation on the daily routine. Suddenly, millions were forced to stay in quarantine and look for other means of entertainment. Even non-gamers were diving right into new digital adventures, which made Minecraft and easy choice for many; especially families looking for an experience to enjoy together.
The Minecraft: Education Edition becoming free for a limited time also helped in addition to the ray-tracing support on PC to take the cartoon-y graphics to a whole other playing field. The journey of Minecraft has seen thousands of updates, improvements, DLC packs, and so much more and it will continue to do just that, just under a different branding as seen above.
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New look, same great experience, and we can't wait to see where Minecraft goes next in the coming years!
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