Minecraft is now officially available on Windows Phones after the popular game appeared on the Windows StoreWednesday. The release means “Minecraft” is available on every major phone platform, although for Windows users the game is only accessible for phones running on the 8.1 software.
Officially known as “Minecraft: Pocket Edition,” the $6.99 app is the same price as the iOS and Android Pocket Editions. It also comes with all the same features, including Survival mode, Creative mode and multiplayer via Wi-Fi. This release comes only months after Microsoft spent $2.5 billion to acquire Mojang, the company that initially developed the hugely popular video game (which is currently the talk of Hollywood).
“Minecraft: Pocket Edition” has already sold over 21 million downloads for Android and iOS phones, according to Eurogamer, a number that shouldn’t be a surprise when considering that the game takes up a mere 12 megabytes. Yet it’s easy to remember a time not long ago when the outlook wasn’t so rosy.
It was nearly two years ago when Markus Persson, “Minecraft’s” creator, announced via Twitter that Microsoft approached him about better adapting the game for the Windows platform.
Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help "certify" minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.
â€” Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012
Upon completion of the Mojang sale to Microsoft, Persson announced he would be leaving “Minecraft” behind in favor of future game development.