Minecraft ... er, Blockworld released for Windows 8

Several months ago, Minecraft's creator Markus "Notch" Persson made his opinions known on Windows 8 when he announced that he would not certify his popular sandbox game for Microsoft's latest OS. In a Twitter message, Notch wrote, "I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way."

This week, a new game debuted on the Windows Store section of Windows 8 that looks, and more importantly plays, almost exactly like Minecraft. It's called Blockworld and it's developed by a team called 2.0 Studios. The game was previously released as an Xbox 360 title, under the Xbox Indie Games label, in August 2012.

Blockworld has the almost exact retro graphical look of Minecraft as well as its main feature of allowing the player to mold and shape the game world as they see fit to create structures. The game costs $2.49 for its launch period but that price will go up to $4.99 later. The game does not yet come with any multiplayer features but the developers promise to add those modes in a future update.

The release of this game is such a blatant copy of Minecraft that we have to wonder how Notch and Minecraft's developers at Majong feel about this development. We have emailed Mojang to see if we can get a comment from them.

Source: Windows Store | Image via 2.0 Studios

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