Despite the fact that the almost decade-old game has more monthly users than Fortnite, Microsoft still has no plans to make a Minecraft sequel because it doesn’t want to splinter its immense fan base, according to a recent interview.
“That’s why our updates our free,” Chiang said. “We don’t want to ask [players] to move from Minecraft 1 to Minecraft 2. We want them to just enjoy Minecraft. And there’s other ways that we can expand that are more meaningful and authentic to what we want to be, rather than just releasing another iteration in the way that most other franchises do.”
According to the article, over 91 million people still play Minecraft every month, which is a staggeringly good percentage considered overall sales are estimated around 150 million, second only to Tetris and well above the third best-selling game, Grand Theft Auto V. By comparison, Fortnite was close to hitting 79 million players in August 2018, a number that Minecraft more than tops despite the fact that the game came out all the way back in 2019.
There are a lot of reasons why Minecraft remains so popular, not least of which is that it continues to offer free new content like the recently announced Village and Pillage update. Instead of a sequel, Microsoft is pursuing more tangential projects and spin-offs like Minecraft Dungeons and a movie, which has seemingly stalled out for the moment after replacing its writer and director.