Ever since Microsoft purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion in September of 2014, the brand has continued to grow, with Mojang continuously creating new features for the game and bringing it to more platforms. But even though it might seem like the brand is all tapped out, Mojang is not done creating new content for Minecraft fans, as Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed when he visited the studio yesterday.
Taking to Twitter, Spencer teased that he saw Mojang working on the future of Minecraft, and that it was "very cool" to see the new ideas the studio has come up with. Spencer stopped short of offering specific details on the new ideas Mojang is developing for future Minecraft updates, but it's probable that those details will come as soon as E3 2017 in June.
While we'll have to wait a bit to learn definitively what new content Mojang has up its sleeve for future Minecraft content, we can make a few educated guesses as to what's in store. One thing that comes to mind is a new version of Minecraft that somehow takes advantage of the added horsepower provided by Project Scorpio, which is set to launch this holiday season.
Great day with the team @Mojang seeing the future work on Minecraft. Very cool to see the new ideas the team has come to life.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 19, 2017
If Mojang is planning to optimize Minecraft for Project Scorpio, then it may also bolster the game's virtual reality features. Virtual reality was introduced to Minecraft last year when Oculus Rift support was added to the PC version of the game, and with Project Scorpio reportedly supporting VR as well, it seems highly likely that any version of Minecraft released on it will be VR-ready, too.
Besides expanding the game's virtual reality functionality, future updates for Minecraft are sure to add more items and gameplay features to the game, as usual. One feature we know for sure is in the works is a real money marketplace where Minecraft's best creators can sell their work for cash, but if Phil Spencer is to be believed, Mojang has a lot more than that in store for the game.
With E3 2017 right around the corner, the wait to learn more about what future updates have in store for Minecraft won't be a long one. At any rate, it will be interesting to see if whatever Mojang brings to the table is enough to keep 55 million players playing every month.
Minecraft is available now for Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, with a Switch version coming May 11th.