Minecraft has become the little game that could.  For a game still in “beta,” it recently surpassed 10 million registered users, and of those, nearly three million have paid for the full version and it shows no signs of stopping.

As we all know, the game is now heading for the realm of mobile, and also to the Xbox 360 console.  Speaking with IGN, Minecraft developer Markus ‘Notch’ Persson offered up some tidbits of what we can expect, although he admitted he wasn’t sure how much he’s allowed to say.  “The 360 version (will) be a new product based of the PC version of Minecraft. It will be designed to work better on a console and to focus on the types of experiences you expect when playing games on a game console. As an example of something that will change, the crafting needs to be done completely different. The current type of crafting with a game controller would be about as fun as name-entry is.”  I would have to say that I easily agree with him on that one.

Of course, the oddest part of the original announcement was that there would be support for the Kinect motion controller, to which Notch added, “I don’t dare answer any more of the questions, other than to say that I’m trying very hard to make sure we have a setting you can turn on that turns the game into what everyone is joking about; you wave your arms around to mine and use items. It’s just too silly not to include. Punching trees from the comfort of your living room has never been this immersive before.”  I’m tempted to go out and buy a Kinect now just for this.  How can I pass up the chance to punch trees by waving my arms in the air?  Simple answer: I can’t.

Elsewhere in the interview Notch spoke to an increased focus on combat coming up in the updates, and I have to wonder if this is part of “the types of experiences you expect when playing games on a game console” he was speaking of.  While I know more action was always planned for the game, you have to wonder if the two concepts aren’t influencing each other already.  I’m not saying this is a bad thing mind you, but more of just a curiosity.

You can expect the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft some time this winter.

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