Minecraft roundup: July

There is always so much happening in the world of Minecraft that a quick summary of all the news is needed every once in a while. From sales records being smashed and creative maps capturing the public’s attention, all the way to news about an official movie, here is a roundup concerning all things Minecraft.

Sales are through the roof

Microsoft recently unveiled theamount of copies sold of Minecraft, and it’s quite impressive to say the least. Assisted by the fact that Minecraft has just launchedfor the Wii U in the US, total sales figures across all gaming platforms are well over a whopping 100 million copies. Several interesting statistics were also released, one being that 53,000 copies of the game have been sold every day since the start of 2016.

Microsoft also clearly have a lot of time on their hands, as they were able to calculate that if Minecraft gamers were a country, it would be the 12th most populous in the world, and that if everyone were to join hands, they would be able to cover the entire world one and a half times. Furthermore, four of the copies sold were to people in Antarctica.

Time spent on gaming servers is time well spent

If you were ever asked ‘Where do you see yourself in five years,’ it’s unlikely the response would have been ‘Creating an entire country within Minecraft,’yet that’s exactly what some people have been doing for the last half decade. The Shirecraft maphas been in development since 2011, and over 1,500 gamers have been building the virtual country. A place of epic proportions, the map contains close to 145 locations.

As setting up your own Minecraft server isactually very simple with this step-by-step guide, gamers across the world have been able to join forces and build a map of astonishing detail. We’ve seen some impressive mods such as an entire city on the back of a giant turtle, but the Shirecraft map is perhaps the most visually impressive out there. As well as completely made-up cities, the map contains real life locations, such as Budapest, and even locations from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Virtual and reality becoming blurred

You might think you’re pretty good at creating a house in Minecraft, but it’s unlikely you’re nowhere near the capability of Jordan Maron, a.k.a. Captain Sparklez. Maron actually built an enormous fully-functional smartphone within Minecraft, and as he demonstrates, the smartphone can browse the internet and even make video calls – albeit in Minecraft’s trademark blocky graphics. Still, it’s a testament to how ingenious some users can be when playing the game.

A movie is on the way… eventually

Finally, a release date for the long-awaited Minecraft movie has been unveiled. May 24th, 2019 is the scheduled day for when the motion picture will hit theaters. Though this is an incredibly long wait for the project, one hopes the outcome will at least be on par with The Lego Movie (2014), which evidently made a well-received movie out of well… blocks to play with. No story has been divulged for the Minecraft movie, but we know that it won’t be animated, but instead live-action, and that Rob McElhenney is set to be the director.