When Microsoft picked up Mojang and, along with the company, Minecraft, a lot of gamers and consumers sort of scratched their heads. Sure, Minecraft makes tons of money, but the $2.5 billion Microsoft dropped on the transaction seemed a little steep.
It turns out Microsoft actually had something else in mind for the block breaking, placing and crafting game. Yes, they’d let Mojang support the game and release skins, DLC and spread it to as many platforms as possible. That’s all happening.
Microsoft also bought the game with HoloLens, the strange virtual reality glasses that seemingly project digital imagery into the real world in front of its users, in mind. Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella spoke with The New York Times about the purchase of Minecraft, and he evencited HoloLens as a big reason for the acquisition.
He went on to say that this is “a game that, in fact, will fundamentally help us change in new categories. HoloLens was very much in the works then [at the time of purchase], and we knew it.”
One of the big concept clips when HoloLens was first revealed was a shot of Minecraft played in what appeared to be a user’s living room. That application is incredibly interesting.
If it works as well as it does in that concept clip above, HoloLens for games like Minecraft could be huge.