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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.

Minecraft head Helen Chiang recently told Business Insider Australia (via GameSpot) that a Minecraft 2 wouldn’t make sense because a sequel is “something that always fractures the community.”

“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.

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Only game with more players than Fortnite still isn’t getting a sequel

The second best-selling game of all time isn't getting a sequel because it would fracture the player base.

By Michael Goroff | 10/2/2018 02:30 PM PT

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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.

Minecraft head Helen Chiang recently told Business Insider Australia (via GameSpot) that a Minecraft 2 wouldn’t make sense because a sequel is “something that always fractures the community.”

“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.

Read More


About Michael Goroff

view all posts

Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.