Minecraft Dungeonshas reached 25 million players in the three years since its launch in 2020. In a blog looking back on thegame,Mojang revealed the milestone for it and Double Eleven’sMinecraft spinoff.
Even with that milestone, though, the developer’s active support and development for the gamehas endedwith the recent 1.17 update. With an uninterrupted three-year run,Dungeonsis one of the most successful spinoffs for the larger franchise.
“Our team has now moved on to new projects that continue to explore experiences in the Minecraft universe,” Mojang wrote. “We are happy that so many new players discover and enjoy the game on a growing range of platforms, and ultimately become part of the Dungeons family of heroes.”
Unlike the original Minecraft,Dungeonswas a co-op dungeon crawler where players could team up to explore procedurally generated dungeons.This new milestone shows an additional 15 million players have picked upthe gamesince it crossed10 million playersin 2021.
Mojang has never given an indication of how the game sold, but its player count indicates it’s clearly seen some measure of success over the years.
“It’s very humbling to see that so many heroes have picked up the mantle to rid the Overworld of the influence of the Orb of Dominance,” the developer continued.”It makes us both proud and grateful for having had the pleasure of building a game together with a community like this one.”
The offbeat future of Minecraft
Dungeonsis one of a very small handful of spinoffs based on the popular creation game. Previously, Telltale created a two-season episodic game (dubbedMinecraft:Story Mode),and there was a mobileaugmented reality game (Minecraft:Earth) that was later shut down due to the pandemic.
Earlier this year, Mojang and Blackbird Interactive releasedMinecraft Legends,the first new spinoff sinceDungeons.At the end of August, Blackbird laid off 41 employees and canceled several unannounced projects.
WithMinecraft Legendsbeing a strategy title andDungeonsa dungeon crawler, Mojang has found a way to keep the Minecraft brand fresh without having to release a full-blown sequel that may replace the original game.