There is no doubt that, at this point, the Xbox One needs a shot in the arm. While Microsoft has struck a deal with Square Enix for limited exclusivity over Rise of the Tomb Raider, Sony was able to hog the advertisement spotlight when it came to Destiny. Now Microsoft is reportedly looking to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang according to unnamed sources that talked to The Wall Street Journal.
According to its sources, WSJ says that the value of Mojang has been estimated to be more than $2 billion. A price that Microsoft could be willing to pay for the developer but, according to the unnamed source, both sides are still working out many of the details.
Microsoft’s Xbox One console has been lagging behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 since both launched during the holiday season last year. While Sony revealed that it has sold 10 million consoles worldwide, the last update received from Microsoft was back in April when it was revealed that 5 million Xbox Ones had been shipped to retailers.
Considering this, it is not surprising that Microsoft could be considering this deal. Especially since it would mean gaining control over the Minecraft series. Since June, it was reported that Minecraft had sold over 54 million units and is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, mobile devices, and the PC platform. The developer also has two unreleased games still in development called Cobalt and Scrolls.
Neither Mircosoft or Mojang have commented on these unconfirmed reports though WSJ’s unnamed sources claim that the deal may come this week.
Do you think Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang will be a good deal if this turns out to be true?
I would have never guessed it would be valued that high. The game is a blast, but that is just phenomenal. I'd be nervous to see it gobbled up by a company as large as MS, but I'd assume they wouldn't change the recipe too much if they were wise about its success.
Yeah, Microsoft would just have them release DLC and add-on content at this point with the texture packs and themed skins. I think it the company would be looking more towards the two games Mojang is currently working on. Still though, that is a very high price.