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Microsoft officially purchases Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

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Two Point Five Billion Dollars. That’s how much Microsoft just spent to acquire Mojang, the developer behind the wildly popular Minecraft. To put that in perspective, Disney paid $4.64 billion for Marvel in 2009 and $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012. So the Minecraft community carries the same value as 19,000 characters from the Marvel multiverse or 60% of the entire Star Wars canon. That is unbelievable.

As expected, Markus “Notch” Persson will leave Mojang after the acquisition is complete to work on new projects. And, in a surprising move, Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft will not become a PC/Xbox exclusive. The game will continue to be available on mobile devices, the PS3, the PS4, and the Vita.

“Minecraft is one of the most popular franchises of all time,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We are going to maintain Minecraft and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.”

To date, more than 50 million copies of Minecraft have been sold across all platforms, making it one of the best-selling games of all time.

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Madden NFL 15 spikes the competition by outselling all games in August 2014

maddnenfl15-boxEven though his stance said, “stop,” Richard Sherman took it to the house as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 15. While it’s too early to be concerned with The Curse, EA Sports’ latest football sim, as expected, toppled the competition and emerged as the best-selling game of August 2014, according to The NPD Group.

Only a small number of new releases made their way onto store shelves last month and many of them were re-releases of older titles. This tactic helped Diablo III: Reaper of Souls reach the #2 spot as the “Ultimate Evil Edition” is now available for previous-generation and current-generation consoles. And thanks to its PlayStation debut, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare cracked the top ten for the first time at #7.

Joystiq posits that this lack of major releases is the reason why game sales were down when compared to last August. The eighth month of 2013 saw the release of Madden NFL 25 as well as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Disney Infinity.

A full look at the top ten best-selling games of August 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Telltale on PS4/Xbox One: Walking Dead S1/S2 in October, Wolf Among Us in November

telltale-logoAfter months of waiting, Telltale Games has announced exactly when three of their most critically-acclaimed games (The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Season 2, and The Wolf Among Us) will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One.

Posting on Twitter, Telltale has said they will release both The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One (as a downloadable game and as a retail disc) sometime in October. In addition to The Walking Dead’s next-gen debut, Telltale will also release a retail disc version of The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 in October.

In a second Twitter update, the publisher also confirmed that The Wolf Among Us will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One (again, as a downloadable game and as a retail disc) sometime in November. And just to make everything nice and official, retail disc versions for the PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360 will also be released in November.

With Telltale putting the final stamp on their Summer games, we’re that much closer to the Fall release of Tales From the Borderlands and the (eventual) reveal of Game of Thrones.

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Square Enix bringing Rise of Mana and Deadman’s Cross to Vita in Japan

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Square Enix has announced their Tokyo Game Show 2014 lineup (helpfully translated by Siliconera) and it looks like two of the publisher’s popular mobile titles will be making the leap to the PlayStation Vita.

Rise of Mana is the latest game in the long-running Mana series and it has been available for mobile devices in Japan since March. The free-to-play title includes full controllers support and in-app microtransactions. A North American release has yet to be announced, but perhaps the Vita version will spur Square Enix into action.

Meanwhile, Deadman’s Cross is a card-based battler that takes place during a zombie uprising which is currently available in English on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for Android. Again, the Vita version was not announced for an American release, but with an English-language port already out there, it’s very possible.

Square Enix will showcase more than a dozen games at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, which begins on September 18. The list includes multiple new entries in the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises as well as Bravely Second.

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Mighty No. 9’s PAX Prime 2014 trailer is mega colorful

PAX Prime came to an end on Monday, but we’re still sorting through all the news to emerge from the expo and the latest Might No. 9 trailer is too good to pass up. Once again, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune mesmerized a PAX crowd with new details of his beautiful platformer, including a look at several of the boss battles. It’s colorful, it’s polished, and it’s embedded above.

Mighty No. 9 will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.

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Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition is available to download beginning today

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition would be released on Friday, September 5. A Mojang representative would later reveal that PlayStation players would get the chance to play a next-generation version of Minecraft “soon… or maybe sooner.”

Apparently, that was a subtle hint alluding to the fact that Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition was scheduled to launch today, a full day before the Xbox One Edition.

As with the Xbox upgrade option, Sony will also offer discounted pricing ($4.99) on Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition to anyone who has previously purchased Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition. All downloadable content for the PS3 Edition can be transferred to the PS4 Edition. If you’re a first-time player of Minecraft, the PS4 Edition will be regularly priced at $19.99. Finally, a retail disc version of Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition will be available before the end of the year.

As for Minecraft: PS Vita Edition, Sony hopes to have an update on the portable edition “soon.”

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released on Friday

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Minecraft will leap onto the next-generation consoles beginning this Friday as Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released on September 5.

If you already own Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, you’ll be able to upgrade to the Xbox One edition for just $4.99. And any previously purchased downloadable content can be accessed with the Xbox One Edition for free. If you’re new to the world of Minecraft, the game will be priced at $19.99. If neither of these options entice you, Microsoft has also said that a retail disc edition will be available sometime this Fall.

But what about Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition and Minecraft: PS Vita Edition? Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan tweeted that PlayStation players will be in for a surprise “soon… or maybe sooner.”

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Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, Danganronpa 2, Mega Man X4, more added to PS Store

playstationstorelogoSony kicks off September with the addition of ten new titles to the PlayStation Store. This week, PlayStation gamers can look forward to…

  • Velocity 2X (PS4/Vita Cross-Buy), a shooter/platformer hybrid that is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS3, PS4, Vita), the latest Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors crossover from Koei Tecmo.
  • PSone Classic: Mega Man X4 (PS3), Mega Man X’s first PlayStation-exclusive game is now available to download.
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita), the bizarre high school-set murder mystery gets a sequel.
  • Joe Danger (Vita), Hello Games’ stunt sim is now available on the Vita and free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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