Minecraft, the PC-exclusive indie game made by Markus 'Notch' Persson, has sold over one million copies despite not even coming out of beta phase yet.
Persson announced the milestone on his personal blog, making no further comment other than 'exclamation mark'.
'It feels bizarre and amazing and huge, and I can’t stop talking about it,
' Persson said earlier this week, as Minecraft approached the mark. 'One. Million. Copies. Sold. Wow!
It's also worth bearing in mind that, not only is Minecraft a PC-exclusive indie game that's only just moved out of Alpha, but it also has no publisher attached to it and has had no retail release. That means, few overheads and no need for Persson to split the profits with anyone.
Minecraft was previously available for 10 Euros to those who bought it in Alpha phase, but the move to Beta has upped the price to 14 Euros
as new features are added.
Minecraft drops players into randomly generated worlds made entirely of cubes. There are no goals per se, but players often focus on exploration, collaborative building in multiplayer and invention using some of the more advanced types of cube. We've seen everything from working computers
to replicas of Minas Tirith
crop up in the game.
Bit-Gamer is still divided on the issue of how fun Minecraft really is, however. There are those who love exploring it
, then there's those who consider it a waste of time
. Let us know who you agree with in the forums