How long will Minecraft last?
In 2009, production on a sandbox building game began. The goal of the developer was to allow players to do whatever they wanted. Since then, however, Minecraft has become much more than a sandbox building game which allows players to do whatever they wanted. It became the king. The game to own. Perhaps Minecraft’s success was unexpected, but it was inevitable that something came out of nowhere to spice up a dull and boring gaming scene.
The game has since become one of the most played and talked-about video games in society. In every school-yard you’ll find at least a handful of people talking about the indie title. However, it’s not a kids’ game, and the same could be said for most workplaces. After all, this is a game which rose from nothing to having one of the most loyal and dedicated user-bases - comprising of over eleven million players - before the full title has even been released.
However, at just one glance over the last decade of PC gaming, a pattern slowly becomes evident.The story of Minecraft is in no way unique, and it simply follows in the footsteps of other games which rose to critical acclaim. Titles like Braid and World of Goo immediately spring to mind. Not only do the two have success in common, but also the other side of the story - the downfall.
How often is it that you hear either of those names floating around these days? They both became huge hits however, despite still being innovative and solid titles, have lost the spotlight to other up-and-coming indie titles.
The moral of the story seems to be, “What goes up must come down.” One might already wonder whether Minecraft’s reign as king is nearing an end, as titles like Terarria and Limbo begin to take over PC-world. Yet Minecraft is showing no signs of slowing down.
Maybe to stay up top, however, Mojoang should begin to slow things down. With so much going on, one might wonder whether the Lego-like giant is going to burn itself out! In the next twleve months we already have the full release, an iOS release, an Android release and an Xbox 360 release all planned. How much is too much?
Sure, this is a magnificent title where almost anything is possible, but that is an awfully large amount of work for such a small time period. Who is going to want to buy a third or fourth copy anyway? Surely most people who’ve heard of Minecraft by this time in twelve months will already have it.
Not to mention, while the game offers no creative boundaries, most peoples’ brains do. People can’t mindlessly build forever.
I daresay the ambitions of this title will drive its own downfall, maybe even before all the aforementioned releases are made. Perhaps instead of trying to expand the Minecraft empire so much in order to stop other upcoming titles, developer Mojang should learn to play nice and live in harmony with other games.
Also, they should reveal more information about Scrolls - you know, the title they don’t want to say anything about?
By Harry Hughes.
Is Minecraft getting boring for you? Will you buy it for a second, third or even fourth time?