Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, discussed the tech giant's plans for the “Minecraft” game series, according to Game Spot.
In mid-September of this year, it was reported that Microsoft purchased “Minecraft” developer Mojang AB for $2.5 billion. Although the deal is not yet final, the acquisition caused fans of the game to worry about the franchise's fate, Wall Street Journal reported.
According to Spencer, Microsoft purchased the developer because it thinks “Minecraft” will be a great addition to its roster of games.
“It's a big deal,” he said about the acquisition. “For me, I look at it as a great game to add to our portfolio. I love [the gamer] who plays ‘Minecraft.' I love that male, female, young and old – it's something that lives on so many different screens. I'd love to bring it to more screens out there.”
As Microsoft's first plan for “Minecraft,” Spencer said the company wants to unify the game's different versions using Xbox Live. However, he didn't clarify if this includes versions for rival consoles such as Sony's PlayStation and PlayStation Vita.
“I think what we've learned through Xbox Live is something that we can help in unifying a little bit of what happens with ‘Minecraft' today,” he said. “If I'm on PC I get access to the mod servers; if I'm on console or the mobile editions, I don't.”
“We're looking at how do we bring that whole system together a little more,” Spencer added. “Because there are other games out there that let me move from screen to screen fairly seamlessly.”
Regarding the possibility of developing “Minecraft 2,” Spencer said there are no plans yet to create a sequel. Microsoft will first focus on catering to the needs and desires of the first game's gaming community before moving on with a second installment, VG247 reported.
“I don't know if ‘Minecraft 2,' if that's the thing that makes the most sense,” he said. “The community around ‘Minecraft' is as strong as any community out there. We need to meet the needs and desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else.”
“We look at Job 1 is to go out and meet the needs of the ‘Minecraft' community first, and then we can think about ways that we can actually help grow it,” Spencer continued. “That's our sole focus.”