The documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang was first released in 2012 to decent reviews following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The film, produced by 2Player Productions, tells the story of how the game rose from obscurity to its current prominence. Of course, Minecraft has become arguably even bigger in the last three years since the film first hit the Web, with plenty of non-gamers now aware of the $2.5 billion dollar franchise.
Now, the 2012 documentary is branching out to a potentially bigger audience. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang will debut on the Fusion network this Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. EDT. Fusion is also giving fans who have seen the documentary before a reason to tune in, as the network will broadcast an "after-show" called Talking Minecraft immediately following the documentary.
Talking Minecraft will be hosted by YouTube personalities including Jordan "Captain Sparklez" Maron and "JeromeASF" Aceti. It is designed to discuss and celebrate the influence of the franchise on the gaming world, and some of the producers on The Story of Mojang will appear on Taking Minecraft to discuss the movie.
It's not surprising that Fusion is going all out and creating its own exclusive content in addition to airing the documentary. Minecraft is a game that is continuing to gain in popularity, while expanding to new platforms.
Minecraft shows no signs of slowing either, even without its creator Markus "Notch" Persson. "Notch" was closely tied to the identity of the game, and there was some speculation when he sold Mojang to Microsoft about whether the game would be able to continue growing without its founder involved. Those fears seem to have been misguided, however, as the game has continued to rake in money across all platforms. Persson himself is certainly not hurting either, as he was able to cash in on the sale of the franchise and outbid Jay-Z and Beyonce for a $70 million dollar Beverly Hills mansion.
While the upcoming documentary and after-show are focused on the history of the franchise, Microsoft and Mojang are obviously much more focused on the franchise's future. It was announced that Telltale Games will be making a Minecraft game similar to its other story-focused titles like The Wolf Among Us. Mojang will also continue rolling out frequent updates to the title on existing platforms.
Minecraft is available now on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Playstation 3 and PlayStation Vita.