'MineCraft' Sells 4 Million Copies Before Leaving Beta

Posted Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 05:30 AM PST by Dick Ward

By comparison, 5 million copies of 'Madden NFL 11' were sold this year.

You'd never guess by looking at it, but 'MineCraft' is a ridiculously successful game. It's blocky and the graphics are dreadful and there's no voice acting, cut scenes or story, but it's a game that's managed to capture more attention than some of the AAA titles out there.

The game was first available for sale during its Alpha phase in 2009 where it accumulated a few hundred thousand sales. On August 5th, 2011, the game reached 4 million sales, and that's before it even left the Beta.

The numbers are huge, but it's even more staggering when compared to bigger titles like 'Assassin's Creed Brotherhood,' which took in just over 3 million sales this year.

The full version of the game comes out on the 11th, with iPhone and Xbox 360 versions to follow.

Source: Forbes

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