Minecraft is headed to China, Microsoft and Mojang announced today.
Mojang plans on developing a version of Minecraft that is tailored to the Chinese market, which will be made available exclusively to a NeatEase, Inc. affiliate.
“We’ll always embrace opportunities to bring Minecraft to new players around the world, widening our community, and giving us a new perspective on our game,” said Jonas Martensson, CEO of Mojang. “NetEase understand our long-term vision for Minecraft and support Mojang’s ideals, so we’re delighted to have them on board. We look forward to welcoming China’s builders and adventurers to the world of Minecraft.”
Minecraft has been absolutely huge into the US as any kid worth their salt has dabbled in the game. After being acquired by Microsoft, Mojang has steadily released additional updates to Minecraft, which included drastic changes to its combat system and the inclusion of one of gaming’s most iconic characters in the Wii U version. Minecraft has even gone on to become an adventure game as Mojang recently teamed up with Telltale Games for Minecraft: Story Mode.
While today’s news may not impact the majority of North American fans of Minecraft, it’s still an extremely important move by both Microsoft and Mojang as both companies attempt to turn the entire world into one large Minecraft block.