‘Minecraft’ Likely Coming to PlayStation, But Not Wii U

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am,

Minecraft PlayStation

Minecraft is one of those wonderful success stories we’ll remember forever, and it may be a game that’s around forever because it thrives on user creation, not game development. In fact, the first alpha version release took Markus “Notch” Persson only one week to develop, although it became an ongoing process with continuous updates ever since. Now, the game has sold over 20 million units across its available platforms (over 9 million on PC) and to this day, still sits as the second most played game on Xbox Live, ranked higher than Halo 4 and FIFA 13.

Notch, and studio Mojang, have successfully tapped into everything everyone loves about LEGO and created a world, or better yet, a way to let players make worlds, and do whatever they want in them. Such a simple concept powered by such a dated engine and graphics, and it’s all worked to the game’s benefit, earning a certain recognizable charm that we all fell in love with. So, what’s next for Minecraft? How about a PlayStation release?

very last minute deal saw Minecraft make a surprise appearance at E3 2011, promising Kinect features which never came to fruition, but that partnership between Microsoft and Mojang paid off in spades. Minecraft is one of the best-selling downloadables ever for the Xbox 360 but the exclusivity is limited by the contract expiry date.

Lead Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten – who took over the job from Notch in December 2011 – said the following to iGamer about continued Minecraft expansion:

“Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for consoles. When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.”

And other gut punch for Nintendo who are seeing major release after major release skipping the Wii U as anticipation builds for its upcoming competitors in the PS4 and unannounced next-gen Xbox. As for PlayStation 3/4, you can count on Minecraft releasing on those consoles. There are literally millions of units waiting to be sold for the dedicated PlayStation fan base and it’s one of those titles that can literally offer a fun and safe experience for all demographics, casual or hardcore.

Minecraft PS3 Cover

Are you a PlayStation-only owner? Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes and let him know if you’d buy Minecraft if available!

Minecraft is currently available on PC/Mac, Xbox 360 and iOS/Android.

Source: iGamer (hat tip Lyle & Edge)

TAGS: Mac, Minecraft, Mobile, Mojang, PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360

  • HelghastUser

    “… let him know if you’d buy Minecraft if available!”

    No, I wouldn’t. Not my thing.

    On a sadder note however, Lately for the past week I’ve been feeling worse and worse for Nintendo. A day hasn’t gone by that I don’t end up reading bad news for them. It seems that Nobody(Publisher/Developer) has any confidence in them what so ever :-(

    • Varteras

      Nintendo has given me many fond memories but I don’t feel bad for them right now in the least bit. The DS is still selling very well. They could probably succeed on that alone not to mention they banked a lot of money they made over the last few years. The Wii U’s current problems are on Nintendo’s shoulders. Poor marketing, an underpowered piece of hardware by today’s standards, a clunky touchscreen controller that they are trying to pass off as innovative, and pretty much seeming to take lightly all the things they were behind on such as HD and an effective online network. They put themselves in this corner.

      • HelghastUser

        Well, I can’t help but agree on all of those points. Unfortunately, They did do this to themselves and they seem to have so much pride that they won’t seem to admit it. Regardless though, I still feel for them because they can’t realistically rely on the sales of the 3DS forever(And like you said, Memories). The Wii U needs to sell and with devs, publishers and consumers seeming to lose confidence in them, its only a matter of time really….

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/FerguliosoFilms Poncho

      Don’t worry about them. The 3DS is dominating everything, and once the Wii U hits its stride, it will too. The games are coming.

      • HelghastUser

        But for how long though? As a new ‘next gen’ system its simply not moving enough numbers. In the short/long run I hope I’m wrong but for now its unfortunately not looking that way…

      • http://minecraft.com private steve

        dude those suck playstation and xbox are winning hands down and will be when the 720 and ps4 come out what is next for ds the ds 4 or wii 2 or wii that looks like a psp dude that would get them sude so you know what be ignorant because i have both xbox and ps3 an d minecraft ps3 and ps4 will be exellent for playstation but in my personal opinion they both need to get in bed and create a playstation 720 or xbox 4 or something like that and just get it on and make millions of ca-ching (dollars) but if you dont listen suck it

        • lolawd

          I have no idea what you are saying because of the sheer amount of spelling errors.

  • COREY_1993

    well…. ABOUT ******* TIME!

    cant wait for this. though i might just wait to see if it comes to ps4. doesnt really make sense to get it now since its a type of game that you jump into and continue to build.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/FerguliosoFilms Poncho

    Port it to every console but the one it would make sense to port it to. Good thinking.

    • HelghastUser

      That’s what I was thinking as well. I was looking at the game and the system controller and thought that they could’ve came up with an interesting way in taking advantage of that screen feature in some way..

  • Josh Calkins

    Is there any better tool for the game than the Wii U tablet controller? I don’t know the game well, but it seems like the wii U is the ideal place for it. Even if Xbox uses smart glass, the controller hybrid seems like the best tool to arrange and manipulate lots of blocks of a large scale. Having multiple viewing angles and scales available simultaneously would help me to create on a grander and more effective scale. Plus it’s not like you need PS4 power to render those pixelated cubes… So why the heck is it so unlikely? Are there too few adopters? Then you would expect the demand to dictate and eventually bring it to all platforms.

    • HelghastUser

      We were thinking of the same thing:Thumbs Up:…

  • Erik

    Minecraft NEEDS to go to the wii U. Simply youtube the fan made trailer, it’s as smooth as clockwork.

    • http://minecraft.com private steve

      wii u sucks

      • lolawd

        you suck. Case Closed

  • Eli

    I think that Minecraft should stay p.c. and xbox, screw Sony.

    • Runner

      Why? I’m an Xbox 360 and PC gamer, Minecraft coming to PS3 is not going to hurt the game development in any way

    • http://minecraft.com private steve

      sony makes awsome computers retard

  • Skyfield Warrior

    If you read the Miiverse, you could hear pretty much that theres only two things Wii U gamers want: Black Ops 2 Revolution and Minecraft. It makes more sense to put it on the Wii U anyways. Mojang should really consider it.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      I don’t think it does because there are 4-5 million Wii Us on the market (with a much lower attach rate) vs. 77 million PS3s.

      • Skyfield Warrior

        That may be true, but with the addition of a Wii U Minecraft and a solid advertisement campaign, they could sell to Wii U owners and give new people a reason to give the Wii U a chance. And also the PS3 owners might not all be interested as much as the Wii U owners. Sure there is a lot of interest in it, but PS3 fans and gamers are more interested in the PS4 now.

  • http://minecraft.com private steve

    look i am mostly a ps3 gamer but xbox and ps3 need to make a console together one time and after 5 years tell wii (nintendo) **** you ************* pieces of **** and kick their ***** just on freaking time and share all the money besides you cant even play multiplayer on wii because my sister has one and she barely plays on it to so i guess she sometimes doesnt like her games so i rest my case wii is stupid and has terrible gmaes besides horrible to use the controller and you have to buy the whatever its called so yeah wii gamers STOP PLAYING WII AND PLAY PC PS3 OR XBOX OR ALL 3 THATS WHAT I DO SOMETIMES so yeah

    • lolawd

      you sir are a retard please leave

      • Esrever

        Thank you!

  • Jacob

    Yes I Would Buy Minecraft if it was Available for Playstation 3 and 4

  • Just saying

    Well guys I’m really looking forward to mincraft on ps3. I have been waiting and playing minecraft pe but then Xbox came out with it. So I thought ps3 was going to get it too but no… We have to wait this long it turns into an argument. Hope it comes out soon.

  • Soul_Re4p3rR_69

    I would love to buy this game!
    Also, what would be cool, seeing the pokemon mod, “pixelmon”, as an add on for the game.
    I’d legit buy that as well.
    I’d be playing it 24/7 because I loved the pixelmon mod. 😛

  • Clevron13

    I think they should make it for psp that would be awesome in my opinion

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