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Minecraft developer comments on possible Wii U release


The hit PC game Minecraft has been released on last gen consoles and mobiles, and will soon be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One as well. It appears that the only platform that’s left is Wii U, and so far the chances of seeing a Wii U version haven’t been that great. Minecraft creator Notch denied rumors that the game was coming to the Wii U.

Now developer 4J Studios, who is in charge of porting the game to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, commented on the chances of seeing the game on the Wii U. And it doesn’t look good.

Basically, their answer is the tried and tested “it depends on the install base”. 4J Studio’s Daniel Kaplan was asked about this in a recent interview, and he said:

“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 if the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”

Whether we’ll ever see a Wii U version will depend on the install base of the console, which so far has over 7 million worldwide. Kaplan also talked about the update process, which has to be fairly easy since Minecraft gets constant updates, pushing out new content and features. He said:

“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.”

Minecraft is scheduled for release on the PS4 and Xbox One next month, and has already been released on pretty much ever other platform, including iOS, Android, and even the PlayStation Vita.

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