Thursday, May 10, 2012

[WHOA] XBLA Minecraft Breaks Day One Digital Sales Records

One hour - that's all it took before Minecraft started officially filling Notch's wallet. No more than 60 minutes after the block-stacking smash hit made its XBLA debut, profit had surpassed the budget of even the PC version, which was millions.

Indeed, with over 400,000 copies sold in under 24 hours, developers 4J Studios and Mojang just made the biggest launch in XBLA history. 

Joystiq has also confirmed a rumor about the port being the first title to offer constant updates. All game updates are normally subject to a round of grueling tests at Microsoft HQ. These tests delay update releases and cost quite a bit of money. But it appears Mojang and 4J are getting special treatment.

It's not all ribbons and fanfare, though - there's also quite a bit of egg. Early Minecraft customers that don't own HDTVs were less than thrilled when they discovered an HD set would be required for the XBLA's split-screen multiplayer addition. Do those numbers count returns?

The XBLA version of Minecraft is available now for 1600 MS points, or roughly $19.99.

SOURCE: Joystiq

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