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NPD: Xbox One outsold PS4 in April

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For one month at least, Microsoft got a break from being Sony's punching bag in the console sales race. GamesBeat reports that NPD's April sales numbers show the Xbox One outselling the PlayStation 4 last month for the first time since January.

"As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month," Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told GamesBeat in response to the April figures. "Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014, and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users [Xbox One and Xbox 360] grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3."

Last month's sales results mean that Microsoft's next-gen console has outsold Sony's in the United States for half of the first four months of 2015. No doubt as a result of a temporary price cut, the Xbox One also dominated the hardware sales charts during the crucial retail months of November and December in 2014.

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Minecraft celebrates its birthday with free skins

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It was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's third birthday last Saturday and to celebrate they decided to give fans a gift straight from the heart. Players on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be able to get in on this sweet birthday gift action. Until May 17, the first and second birthday pack, as well as a brand new skin pack will be free to download. The new skin pack showcases some veteran Mojanstas and a few other extras also make an appearance. This is the first time these birthday packs have been available on Xbox One so be sure to snatch them up while they are still free. They will still be available after May 17 but will return to their normal cost of a dollar.

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MineCon tickets on sale today

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Tickets for MineCon 2015 are going on sale today. Tickets will be sold in two waves; the first 5,000 tickets will go on sale today (March 27) at 6pm GMT, and another 5,000 will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at noon GMT. Tickets will be £129 each, and you can buy up to six per order. Tickets will become available for purchase at minecon.mojang.com.

MineCon, the world-hopping convention for all things Minecraft, is taking place London this year. The event will take place July 4-5 in the London ExCel Convention Center, and as always attendees will receive a free in-game cape. For more information on the convention and ticket sales, check out Mojang's blog.

Source: Mojang

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Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft started with a tweet

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The $2.5 billion deal that saw Minecraft change hands from creator Markus "Notch" Persson to Microsoft all started with a tweet, reports Forbes.

"Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life?" Persson tweeted in June of last year. "Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig."

Mojang CEO Carl Manneh read the tweet, and, by his estimation, the phone rang just 30 seconds later. A most interested party was on the line: Microsoft. The console holder and software giant wanted to know if Persson was serious. So did Manneh.

As it turned out, the Minecraft mastermind had written the tweet half-jokingly, but things quickly turned serious when Persson realized this was his chance to divorce himself from Minecraft. He had once sworn he would never sell out, but after years of dealing with caustic communications — sometimes in regards to content changes Persson wasn't even aware of, let alone responsible for — Persson had a change of heart.

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MINECON returns this July with two-day London event

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Minecrafters, get ready to build your best Big Ben, because you’re headed to London. Mojang announced earlier this week that its Minecraft convention, MINECON will be held July 4-5 at the London Exhibition and Conference Centre in London, England.

After taking a year off in 2014, MINECON is back, and it sounds like it will be bigger than ever. With 10,000 tickets up for grabs, the convention will feature panels, contests, tournaments and other events including a yet-to-be-announced performance at a July 5 show.

Tickets will go on sale sometime in the month of February and will be released in two batches of 5,000 each. The exact date of ticket sales will be announced within the next two weeks. Upon purchasing tickets, you will also get access to discounted hotel rooms in the London area.

Mojang will begin taking submissions for "MINECON Agent" volunteers next week. Selected agents will be given notice before tickets go on sale.

Source: Mojang

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Microsoft building off of Minecraft's success

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Microsoft shelled out $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft studio Mojang, and now we're starting to see why. In its published earnings report, Microsoft announced a revenue of $171 million for its second fiscal quarter, a 79% increase. We're sure that Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2 were part of that, but really, it was Minecraft.

Microsoft clearly has big plans for Minecraft. Their pre-launch reveal of Windows 10 showed concept footage for a HoloLens-compatible Minecraft in your living room. Still, the acquisition happened very recently. Expect something big, but don't expect it to come soon.

Source: Microsoft via GamesBeat

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The Simpsons coming to Minecraft in February

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The residents of Springfield will come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition next month. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as 19 other fan-favorite characters, will spring to life in the game (albeit in a bit more blocky form than before). Bringing together these two gigantic properties felt like a natural fit to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer as well as Twentieth Century Fox executive Roz Nowicki, who explained that the partnership combines the best of both worlds and how, “like The Simpsons, Minecraft is a true cultural phenomenon embraced by people of all ages, from every corner of the globe.”

The Simpsons pack will release for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late February of this year for $1.99.

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Minecraft: Story Mode announced

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Telltale Games and Mojang has announced Minecraft: Story Mode, coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year. It will be an choice-driven episodic game, just like Telltale's current Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands series. Yeah, we don't believe it either.

Minecraft: Story Mode will see Telltale do the seemingly impossible: bring a narrative-driven experience to Mojang's open-world, open-ended sandbox. Taking place in the familiar blocky world of Minecraft, the series will introduce new characters and story while retaining the core themes of the original. Telltale will be collaborating with Mojang as well as the Minecraft community to make the game as authentic as possible. The game will be a standalone product, so you won't need the core Minecraft game to enjoy this new adventure.

Interestingly enough, this game was announced in the wake of a recently-rejected script for the Minecraft filmMinecraft: Story Mode may be a big risk, but if anyone's going to get a story right, it's going to be Telltale. Keep an eye out for more on this game in 2015.

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Mojang turned down Goonies-inspired Minecraft movie

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Warner Bros is working towards a potential Minecraft film, but the studio has yet to find the right story. Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum, proposed a Goonies-style adventure film which was ultimately shot down by developer Mojang. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Levy explained how it all happened.

"What happened simply is Warner's asked me to develop, 'How might this ever be a story for a movie?' Because it's not a narrative game. And we came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang. And they're like, 'That doesn't sound like what we want. If we're going to see a movie get made, we don't know what we want, but that doesn't feel right.' And I said, 'OK, well that's a movie I can envision.'"

So just what was his idea? He goes on to explain, "It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair… [I]t was an adventure movie, and I thought it could have been a lot of fun and fulfilled a lot of the qualities that people love about the game."

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Mojang officially part of Microsoft family

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It's official: Mojang is now a part of Microsoft. The news was tweeted by Xbox head Phil Spencer, who welcomed the developer as the newest member of Microsoft Studios. Back in September rumors of the acquisition starting making the rounds, and were later proven true when Microsoft announced they were purchasing the Swedish indie studio for $2.5 billion. Now that the acquisition is complete, Microsoft officially owns Mojang and their hit game Minecraft. In a recent interview Phil Spencer talked with IGN about the future of Minecraft, stating he wanted to "meet the needs and the desires" of the community.

Source: Twitter

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