Minecraft is turning 15 next year and we've been given insight into how popular it still is in the lead up: the game has now sold more than 300 million copies. To put that in perspective, Grand Theft Auto V is not even a close second, with over 185 million copies sold. Even its slightly later release (2013) doesn't do much to make up for the gap — especially considering Minecraft surpassed the 200 million mark in 2020.
Mojang Studios announced the achievement during a Minecraft Live event that shared new features coming to the game, like a trial chamber that has traps and mobs coming at you along a series of rooms and corridors. A new Star Wars: Path of the Jedi DLC and Planet Earth DLC are also in development and will be available on November 7 and early next year, respectively.
"As we approach the 15th anniversary, Minecraft remains one of the best-selling games of all time with over 300 million copies sold," said Helen Chiang, head of Mojang Studios. "[Its] a milestone no one could have dreamed of when we were all placing our first blocks."
The exact launch date of Minecraft is a bit confusing. Game developer Markus Persson, commonly known as Notch, first made Minecraft available to the public in 2009 (the anniversary being celebrated), but the game wasn't officially released until late 2011. Persson used the initial launch as an opportunity to better the game, keeping track of feedback and releasing alpha and beta updates in 2010 under his new company, Mojang. Jens Bergesten took over as lead designer at the end of that year, and in November 2011, the official Minecraft game launched on iOS.