The rumors are true. Microsoft is to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion.
Mojang will become a part of Microsoft Studios when the deal is sealed later this year; Microsoft is expecting even returns by the beginning of 2015’s fiscal year.
Minecraft has, of course, appeared on non-Microsoft platforms, and this acquisition has some worried about support for, most notably, the PlayStation versions of the game. While the release of the Vita version seems uncertain, support will most likely continue for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 installments for some time.
On a larger scale, the future of Minecraft itself hasn’t really been addressed as of yet. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, who hasn’t been involved with the game’s development since 2011, will be not be working with Microsoft. In a post on its site, Mojang said “It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3”