The market for indie games exploded a couple of years ago and the flames it sparked have grown into a towering inferno, and while many success stories have been written during this time, Minecraft is arguably the most well known. A quirky little PC game originally about little more than playing in a virtual sandbox of pixelated cubes has seen numerous updates adding in massive amounts of content, adoption by a passionate and creative community, and ports to mobile platforms as well as Xbox 360 Arcade. But if you are a Wii U owner looking to join in on the fun, you’re going to have to find another platform to do it on.
Jens Bergensten, lead designer for the mobile versions of Minecraft, recently clarified the plans for the game’s future. When it comes to home consoles, the main thing holding back the game right now is actually Microsoft, who signed a deal for timed console exclusivity. But even beyond that it doesn’t necessarily look good with Bergensten adding, ”When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.”
In the meantime, Bergensten and the rest of the team are focusing more on bringing the mobile version closer to the PC experience. Unfortunately nothing has been said about the possibility of the game coming to 3DS or whether or not Microsoft’s exclusivity deal would potentially play a role in that; but maybe that is just hopeful dreaming.