4J Studios business development boss Daniel Kaplan was recently quizzed about Minecraft coming to other platforms. We already know a Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version is in the works, but a Wii U version has never really been discussed. When quizzed about ‘other platforms’ Kaplan said it was dependant on the size of the user base and also porting the game to platforms that make the most financial sense. Here’s what Kaplan had to say.
“It’s mostly about platforms that make sense,” he said about ideal destinations for Minecraft. “We didn’t anticipate the mobile version to be that big compared to the PC, and it’s the same for consoles. People always compare it to the PC, which is supposed to be like the big original version where you get all the cool features first.”
“But we have seen there is a massive audience on other platforms so there are still huge groups of people who don’t play on PC at all.”
“With the release of PS4 and Xbox One I think we have fulfilled most of the needs for now. There aren’t many platforms left to release on. We’ll see, whatever makes sense and if the platform has the user base for it. We won’t release on the platform is the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”
“The whole point of Minecraft is that you get updates all the time. If you release somewhere you want to make sure that we will be updating rather than, ‘Oh yeah, we only sold 1000 copies on that platform so let’s kill it off’. That’s not the way Minecraft has been developed.”