How long will Minecraft last?

by Harry Hughes Featured 21 Comments 33 Votes 4523 Views 05/08/2011 Back to Articles

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.

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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?

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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?

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It is like the Sims, it'll never die.
Minecraft Will never DIE. (*)
yeh i agree, it will NEVE?R die.. well ill be always playing it.. might have a break but go back..
It will die eventually. Don't get me wrong, Minecraft is full of endless ideas, however If it gets a serious competitor, it could be knocked out and replaced. Also, it could die multiple other ways.

But I don't see that happening for a long time. :)
I think it is one of those games that have enough community support to last for quite some time (look at Diablo 1/2, Starcraft etc).
I reckon it's peak will be the adventure update. Everything else will go downhill from there...
i hope it doesnt! i have yet to play it
well i don't think it will die, since the style is irreplaceable. There is no chance at a sequel and any clones such as fortresscraft have/will be met with disrespect.

Probs get gradually less popular, but the servers wont get shut off(cause there aren't any official ones), so has the potential to retain a dedicated fanbase for quite some time. Chances are they might release an update that fks everything up

l3ailey said: It will die eventually. Don't get me wrong, Minecraft is full of endless ideas, however If it gets a serious competitor, it could be knocked out and replaced. Also, it could die multiple other ways.
But I don't see that happening for a long time.



A Minecraft clone...With spheres.. (evil)
I don't think it'll die as quickly as people think and if there is a fanbase it'll always keep going, Minecraft is so good it even got someone trying to make a DS homebrew version of it which so far is just as fun :)
I haven't played it yet and don't see myself going to start as I'm not creative enough to enjoy it to the full extent, but at it's current rate of support I'm seeing everywhere, I'm expecting it to at least last until the end of the world. (provided one of the end of the world predictions happen to come true - which I doubt)
already over this puss
I think it will die after the full game and eventualy its popularity will go down [Derp]
It'll die as soon as Zenimax Media has finished their legal proceedings against the owner of Minecraft over the title of his other title, but if that doesn't work than I think Blizzard Entertainment might sue him aswell to try and stop the confusion between Minecraft & Warcraft

MrMoo said: It'll die as soon as Zenimax Media has finished their legal proceedings against the owner of Minecraft over the title of his other title, but if that doesn't work than I think Blizzard Entertainment might sue him aswell to try and stop the confusion between Minecraft & Warcraft


Pilkingbod said:

MrMoo said: It'll die as soon as Zenimax Media has finished their legal proceedings against the owner of Minecraft over the title of his other title, but if that doesn't work than I think Blizzard Entertainment might sue him aswell to try and stop the confusion between Minecraft & Warcraft




I'm not a 'Troll", I was just stating my opinion
those legal proceedings are bullocks.... zenimax cant copyright the word "scrolls" :@ To the boycott wagon!!! loljks skyrim looks to sexy *_*
i don't think itll be going down any time soon, the full game isnt even out yet and there's endless possibilities as far as additional content goes... LONG LIVE MINECRAFT!!
the creator will die one day... :P
but by then, im sure the source code will be free for all...


in saying that, I haven't played it and probably never will. I prefer sim city for my building godliness.
The only way for a game to remain interesting for any period of time is re-playability factor. I have never had a single-player experience that lasts for an extended timeframe so the re-playability must come froorm multiplayer. Unfortunately, Minecrafts multiplayer hasn't quite reached the variety needed to be able to constantly have new experiences.
@Able_E remember, the game is still in beta, and even after the full release you can expect more updates for awhile. there is gonna be alot in store for the game and multiplayer. Give it some time.

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