UPDATE: On Monday, Microsoft did in fact make the official announcement about purchasing the studio behind Minecraft. Check the story here.
ORIGINAL: When it was rumored not too long ago that Microsoft and Minecraft developer Mojang were in talks for a $2 billion buyout, to me it seemed very extreme of a purchase for a studio who has produced only one big hit game (but what a great game it was). Now that Reuters is reporting that, according to their source, Microsoft will reveal a $2.5 billion deal to buy the studio to the public this Monday, it seems all too surreal.
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As an Xbox One owner who appreciates the effort Microsoft has been putting into their almost-monthly updates to their system software and OS integrity, one has to wonder if their current plan of “buy up expensive timed exclusivity, game rights or studio to make it theirs” will work out in the long run. I’d rather see them work on developing more games outside of Minecraft through their Microsoft Studios company, who seems to be focusing all of their intent and creation on Forza Horizon 2, Killer Instinct Season 2 and Sunset Overdrive over the next month. Imagine if even half of a billion (20% of this reported deal) went to making a Banjo-Kazooie game from Rare!
Until we hear it from Microsoft or Notch themselves, however, Minecraft is still regarded as an independent game, and this deal is still considered a rumor. Just as how a Twitch deal with Google fell apart, anything can happen.
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