Minecraft started out as a PC game. But today, Minecraft earned an unexpected award: it became the most popular game on Xbox 360.
In a community dominated by Call of Duty, claiming the title of “most played game” is something that few games can achieve. That throne has been dominated by first-person shooters over the last few years, including titles like Gears of War and Halo. In more recent years, Call of Duty has reigned supreme, and the most recent Call of Duty release has held top spot on Xbox Live for two years straight.
Despite being only a few months old, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft toppled Call of Duty to become the most popular game on Xbox Live. The title of “most played game” is measured by the number of online players simultaneously logged into Xbox Live. So the number of players actually playing Minecraft is probably much higher – due to the large number of single player gamers who are busy creating their own crazy worlds.
The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft received a boost in popularity after the recent Adventure Update 1.8.2, which added creative mode in the game and allowed Xbox 360 players to experience Minecraft like never before. Ever since that update, Minecraft had been hovering around second place. But finally, over the past week, it managed to shoot up into first place.
Dethroning Call of Duty isn’t easy. Call of Duty games have been topping Xbox 360 charts ever since the first Modern Warfare was released, and few games have managed to claim the throne. In fact, it’s rare to see any non first-person shooter game crack the list, and even internationally popular games like FIFA have trouble coming close to the top of the charts.
Minecraft’s Xbox 360 achievement is made even more significant by the fact that it isn’t a traditional retail game. Instead, it’s purchased through the Xbox Live Arcade. This marks the first time an Xbox Live Arcade game has reached the top of the charts.
Unfortunately, Minecraft’s dominance on Xbox Live might not last for long. Halo 4 is going to be released soon and we’re only two weeks away from the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. So enjoy the moment, Minecraft, because it probably won’t last for much longer.