Showing posts with label Mojang. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Bunch of new games are added to Xbox Game Pass including Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and more before May ends.

As we are nearing end of May, more games are heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox One consoles very soon. Just like always, a new mix of titles have arrived to join current lineup of an ever expansive online library for members.

Latest entry in Game Pass brings excitement for all subscribers as they get to celebrate major milestones of two renowned franchises. Ultimate members can enjoy ad-free music on Spotify Premium for three months across select regions.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

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Alan Wake | Console, PC, Ultimate
In celebration for impending 10th anniversary of release, action-adventure survival horror title Alan Wake from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment is joining Game Pass for players to explore a journey into psychological thriller.

Best-selling novelist Alan Wake goes to small town of Bright Falls during a vacation, where he loses his wife. As he begins investigating, Wake is stalked by a mysterious dark presence and finds him almost onto the brink of his sanity.

Alan Wake on Xbox Game Pass

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Cities: Skylines | Console, PC, Ultimate
A city-building simulation game that took many cues from Sim City but strives to be its own title, Cities: Skylines from developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive focuses on creative ways to establish your metropolis.

In order to ensure growth of your town, you can build skyscrapers, divide them in districts, plan out roads, set tax rates and more. Though there are tons of aspects you need to manage to keep things going, you can do all of that with ease.

Cities: Skylines on Xbox Game Pass

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Minecraft: Dungeons | Console, PC, Ultimate
Another major celebration is due this month for iconic sandbox block builder game Minecraft, which turned eleven lately and an upcoming dungeon crawler spin-off created by Mojang Studios and Double Eleven is arriving soon.

Inspired by classic genre, Minecraft: Dungeons is an adventure for franchise fans to engage with friends or play solo where you face-off a vicious mobs for an epic battle and find treasure through various levels in an exciting experience.

Minecraft: Dungeons on Xbox Game Pass

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Plebby Quest: The Crusades | PC, Ultimate
Set during historic era of crusades in Europe and Middle East, turn-based strategy game Plebby Quest: The Crusades from developer PiedPipers Team and publisher Neowiz invites you to an ambitious dream of building your own legacy.

You can either chose to play Scenario mode for a story based journey or play any restriction to conquer world in Sandbox mode. A comical tone is added over every aspect of royal affairs and dealings to set everything in a very light manner.

Plebby Quest: The Crusades on Xbox Game Pass

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Games like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Old Man's Journey, Opus Magnum and Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones are leaving Game Pass on May 29 unfortunately but you can buy them at 20% member discount.

Those who do not own a membership to Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate can sign up to try your first month for $1 only. Aside from access to more than 100 great games, you get all features of Xbox Live Gold and extra perks.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

On 11th Anniversary, Minecraft has reportedly sold over 200 million copies and 126 million players monthly.

Being one of the most influential video games of all time, sandbox survival game Minecraft has turned 11 years old recently and developer/publisher Mojang Studios decided to celebrate this occasion by releasing a few impressive numbers.

Most recently, Mojang has overhauled their brand with new logo, a brand-new trailer, changed their official name and even revealed an impressive overall sales numbers for Minecraft that has surpassed more than 200 million copies.

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Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

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Last year during this time on its tenth anniversary, Mojang's popular block builder title has sold over 176 million copies at that time. This clearly indicates that a staggering 24 million more copies of Minecraft were sold in last year alone.

According to reports, 126 million people are actively playing Minecraft every month across multiple platforms. There has been a 25% increase in player count for past few months and multiplayer sessions have increased by 40%.

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Now that many schools were forced to shut down because of COVID-19 outbreak, Minecraft: Education Edition was made free until June to help students learn through engagement, which has been downloaded 50 million times since launch.

Mojang also partnered up with UNDP for a campaign to share COVID-19 prevention guidance provided by World Health Organization via BlockDown Simulator free map for Minecraft: Java Edition to teach kids policies of social distancing.

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Minecraft: Dungeons Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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This year, Minecraft Earth was launched worldwide and RTX update beta was rolled out for PC version in association with Nvidia. Later this month, Minecraft: Dungeons will be joining Xbox Game Pass service and other platforms on May 26.

For entirety of 2019, Minecraft has dominated video-sharing platform YouTube with an astounding 100.2 billion views. It even surpassed Fortnite in popularity and views when YT's creator Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg joined the party.

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As part of their re-branding, Mojang Studios has revealed an updated logo ahead of Minecraft's birthday.




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Due to recent global crisis of Coronavirus pandemic, many are staying at home and logging into online multiplayer games. Amidst this tough time, people are relying on Minecraft to escape from day-to-day boredom of staying indoors.

Minecraft continues to dominate over gaming sphere by bringing more people closer than ever to cultivate our waning social connections between friends and families in the middle of a challenging time like ongoing year 2020.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Minecraft Earth for Mobile Announced

Augmented reality game Minecraft Earth for mobile is revealed to celebrate 10 year anniversary of Minecraft.

It has been ten years since sandbox video game Minecraft from developer/publisher Mojang was launched on PC and has managed to sell over 176 million copies worldwide during its decade-long run to become best-selling video game of all time.

To celebrate 10 years of amazing success of this beloved franchise, Microsoft has announced a free-to-play augmented reality game Minecraft Earth for Android and iOS mobile devices with similar gameplay elements, coming this summer.

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Minecraft Earth for Mobile Announced

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An official reveal trailer offers us exclusive first look into reality-bending world of Minecraft Earth on mobile.




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Following simple exploration mechanics that are focused on crafting as well as collecting resources from around your neighborhood, players would come across unique mobs and go after blocks in order to create their build.

Any flat surface would be a perfect base point to establish your builds on and you can even join with friends to share ideas and then place your creation on real world to see them in life-size, courtesy of Microsoft technology.

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This AR game would also put your survival skills on test by putting you against mobs in real life. Just like your regular Minecraft activities like before, you can engage in breeding mobs, crafting new items, harvest crops and much more.

By bringing sandbox construction game into real life with Minecraft Earth, this surely is a huge step to an ambitious future. Using their revolutionary Azure technology, Microsoft is probably planning to introduce the experience to every screen possible.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Minecraft Creator Notch Excluded from Anniversary Event by Microsoft

Microsoft is excluding Minecraft creator from 10 Year Anniversary events for his comments and opinions on social media.

Aside from being the creator of sandbox game Minecraft, Swedish game developer Markus "Notch" Persson is known to his fans for sharing various opinions on social media, which are considered very controversial by mainstream media.

Recently, decision of not including "Notch" in their upcoming 10-year anniversary celebrations is revealed by Microsoft, because they believe his public comments and opinions on Twitter are too toxic for being associated with their name.

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Minecraft Creator Notch Excluded from Anniversary Event by Microsoft

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This news came out only a short while after reference to Persson has been secretly wiped out from in-game loading screen. Neither Microsoft nor Mojang wants to side with him due to his controversial opinions, according to a spokesperson.

Microsoft has purchased ownership of its IP along with Mojang studio back in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Many claims that "Notch" has become unstable following this payout and constantly promotes his view on social and political issues on Twitter.

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Whatever personal opinion Persson shares in an open space is entirely his own viewpoint and any company or person may not agree to that. However, Microsoft has decided to wipe his name off his own creation and not to invite him to its celebration in this case.

Debuted as an indie game back in 2009, Minecraft has gained popularity among gamers and now boasts an average of 91 million players per month. It is officially the second best-selling video game of all time right after Tetris.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Minecraft Coming to Xbox Game Pass

Popular sandbox survival title Minecraft is heading over to Xbox Game Pass subscription service next month.

Following its inception back in May 2009, developer/publisher Mojang had one of the most active community in gaming with their sandbox survival game Minecraft that has an engaging player base of over 91 million people that is only growing.

Acclaimed and mostly known for a complex crafting system with other adventure elements, the game is heading over to a large catalog of great games on Xbox Game Pass for members of the monthly subscription service by Microsoft on April 4, 2019.

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Minecraft Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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The game embraces the excitement of building within an infinite world full of blocks and lets you create literally anything that you can think of. Either you choose to play alone or with your friends, there are limitless ways to enjoy playing for hours.

Online multiplayer lets you interact with a massive number of players from across the world and constant free updates will keep adding new environment and tools. Update Aquatic had expanded oceans territory last year and upcoming Village & Pillage will bring some more change.

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Currently available on twenty different platforms like devices running on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One, Minecraft players can deep dive into a variety of content pool from in-game marketplace by many different creators.

Also to note, Kingdom: New Lands, Late Shift, Portal Knights and Sacred Citadel are going to leave Xbox Game Pass on April 2018. Anyone interested to continue playing these titles would do better to buy these games and carry on their ongoing progress.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Minecraft: Dungeons Announced

A dungeon-crawling spin-off game of Minecraft for PC has recently been announced by developer Mojang.

Creator of insanely popular sandbox video game Minecraft and Sweden-based developer/publisher studio Mojang has done the unthinkable with the above-mentioned game and now has announced a role-playing game set called Minecraft: Dungeons.

As the namesake suggests, the game is inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and currently, the game is planned to release on 2019 for PC. Whether or not it will be launched on other consoles at any point is yet not confirmed.

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Minecraft: Dungeons Announced

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Before we dive deep into any discussion, we encourage you to take a look at the announcement trailer they just released for the game.




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Just like any other typical titles from the genre, you are to get into one of these places as part of the embarked adventure and fight endless group of enemies with brand-new weapons while collecting item drops through canyons, mines and swamps all over.

You can either choose to go there all by yourself or form your own posse of a total of four players to fulfill these quests where you will be saving the nice village folks from the mob of Arch-Illager. Now will you fight or run is up to you.

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Developers who shares an undying passion for dungeon crawlers titles are banded together to work on this new action-adventure game set in Minecraft universe. Until any further official announcement, we cannot say much more about the project at this moment.

A spin-off game titled Minecraft: Story Mode developed by Telltale Games already exists and proven to be very well-accepted among players, which is also being adapted into an interactive experience for the audience of streaming giant Netflix.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

The Minecraft movie based on titular sandbox survival game is delayed as director Rob McElhenney drops out.

Considering the immense popularity of the sandbox video game Minecraft, developer Mojang has teamed up with Warner Bros. to make a movie and the news was leaked on Twitter in 2014. Then the title received a premiere date for May 2019 when they announced Rob McElhenney (How to Be a Gentleman, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as director and co-writer in 2015. However, now the previously scheduled date is being pushed back because of McElhenny leaving the project.

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Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

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Aside from losing director, the film has gotten two new writers, Aaron and Adam Nee to pitch a new script now. It means, McElhenny’s script will no longer be adapted, which he previously worked out with renowned actor and screenwriter, Jason Fuchs (La La Land, Wonder Woman). As they scrapped the former draft and assigned the newly recruited writers to bring a new one, it clearly pushes back development in long run and therefore, the movie is sure to be delayed from intended schedule.

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Initially, the involved parties decided to go for a live-action film instead of an animated one and were talking to Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) before finally settling on McElhenny. Producer Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie) is still attached to Minecraft movie, which obviously a good news for Warner Bros., because if this movie somehow achieves success anywhere near the LEGO movies series, there are possibilities for a franchise in work then.

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Rob McElhenney Leaves Minecraft Movie

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The movie is based on the sandbox survival game Minecraft, where players roam around with their cube shaped characters and engage in world-building. They also gather resources for crafting new objects. Rumors of actor/comedian Steve Carell (Evan Almighty, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) to voice the lead role named Steve were heard but never eventually confirmed though. Since the beginning of the project’s inception, announcements about the film have come out quite rarely.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Minecraft Update Aquatic Phase Two

Developer Mojang has released second Phase of Update Aquatic for all-new underwater Minecraft adventures on PC and consoles.

Entire fanbase of Minecraft seemingly has been away for some time now from this most popular sandbox adventure but they were actually waiting with patience to jump in for Phase Two to roll out with the newest Update Aquatic.

Whether it is mobile devices like Android and iOS, or even handheld system like Nintendo Switch or PC, VR and Xbox One, you can play it on any modern gaming platform there is and the new update reaches out to players to take a deep dive in for a good time.

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A brand-new trailer showcasing Update Aquatic features is right here or just take a quick look at detailed Patch Notes for specifics.




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Players are now allowed the ability to breathe underwater and you can see up to 3,000 types of different tropical fauna wandering around there; including sea turtles. Adding sea to gameplay has expanded the open world title bigger than it already is.

A new trident weapon will be at your disposal but they are no good to break blocks if you are in Creative mode. You can bump into an old shipwreck probably at some point and are allowed to ride Skeleton Horses as well.

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When you enter a new level of water physics, you will notice a few minor changes to game simulation but it won't stop you from making waterlogged blocks. Other things to point are that background menu is changed to match with new theme.

There are coral reefs, nine ocean biomes to explore and treasure chests to be found underwater. Zombie hordes are still lurking deep down under going as The Drowned and they are now able to walk on bottom pits too.

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This one is an update Minecraft fans would love to get their hands on as it brings a complete new environment to explore and since the game is primarily focused on gathering resource and crafting, there is no reason for which players won't like it.

Players of Bedrock Edition can play it now whereas people on Java have to wait for that version. However, we cannot help but notice that it never mentioned whether or not this Minecraft console update will be available for PlayStation 4 or not.