LOS ANGELES – One of the biggest games in the world is doing something no game has done before: Connecting all of its players, regardless of platform. Even more bizarrely, that game is owned by Microsoft – a company with a serious stake in the world of video games with its Xbox platform.
The game we’re talking about is “Minecraft,” of course, the enormously popular survival game that’s on everything from your iPhone to your Xbox One.
Microsoft announced on Sunday that it’s unifying all versions of “Minecraft.” That may sound like no big deal, but it’s actually a huge deal in terms of the big picture: It means that the the tens of millions of people playing “Minecraft” on all platforms – a bunch of competing platforms, mind you – will all play together going forward.
It’s a new concept for “Minecraft” as a platform unto itself rather than a distinct game.