After selling millions of copies on the PC, the hit indie darling Minecraft has finally arrived on the Xbox 360 and has made quite a splash. While the exact numbers aren’t known, the game’s creator Markus “Notch” Persson said that Minecraft sold more than 400k copies in just 24 hours according to the leaderboard numbers in the game.
Part of Microsoft’s “Arcade NEXT” program, Minecraft is now the second game of the group to break some serious sales records. It ended up destroying every previous digital sales record and sold more than any other title in the first 24 hours on XBLA. Trials Evolution did the same a few weeks ago when it kicked off the program with a bang, so that’s two record-breaking games within a span of four weeks; Microsoft must be very happy right now.
Minecraft is currently being sold for 1600 Microsoft Points and includes a new crafting menu, game tutorials, as well as split-screen and online multiplayer for up to 8 players. The game will also receive a number of free updates, which is quite rare for Microsoft to allow (just ask Valve). You you can bet that Microsoft pulled a lot of strings to get Minecraft exclusively on their console, and it looks like it was a very smart move. Sony and Nintendo really need to step it up if they want to compete in the small downloadable games market that Microsoft has nurtured with the XBLA.