Eurogamer managed to catch up with Phil Spencer after last night’s Xbox E3 2018 Briefing. One of the questions asked was basically why hasn’t Microsoft announced a new Minecraft title? Phil said that it isn’t happening because they expect the original to continue to grow and evolve and points towards other games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds which will probably take the same sort of route.
“Spencer cites Minecraft as an example. The reason Xbox One didn’t ship with Minecraft 2 is because players don’t necessarily want a new Minecraft; they just want Minecraft to keep getting better.”
“When you look at games like PUBG and Fortnite and you think about these large games and ecosystems that’ll be out there, when new hardware comes, people are still going to want to play those games, and it’s going to be important for us as platforms to support them,” Spencer says.
“The longevity of games resulting from the “games as a service” model is also why Xbox is committed to backwards compatibility. “I’m very proud of our track record of compatibility and us respecting the purchase of games you’ve made with us and bringing that to the current generation,” Spencer said. “It is in our core on who we are.”