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Independent video game developer Mojang has another reason to celebrate, after Minecraft passed 11 million sales for Windows and Mac. The official Minecraft website shows that over 11,000,000 people have purchased the game to date.

The game was only launched officially in November 2011, meaning that Mojang has hit the milestone in a little over 18 months.

As of New Year’s Eve, the Minecraft Xbox Live Arcade game passed 5 million units sold in 2012.

4J Studios are the folks responsible for porting the game to the consoles; they were happy to break the news on Twitter as it was happening. The game was launched on the live arcade store on May 9th 2012 for 1600 Microsoft Points (or $20).

Including the 360 Edition, the Mojang’s Minecraft franchise has reached over 17.5 million sales to this day. 453,000+ copies of Minecraft were sold this past 2012 Christmas Day alone.

24 October 2012 is the official release date for Minecraft Update 1.4. The pre-release for server administrators was available a week earlier. You can watch a YouTube video to check out the new features offered by this update (including invisibility and flower pots!).

Minecraft used by UN in Block by block planning of urban areasIn October 2011 Mojang announced a program which used Minecraft in order to improve urban planning in different Swedish neighborhoods.

On 5th September 2012, as a result of that program’s success, Mojang announced that he will partner with UN Habitat in a joint project called Block By Block which aims to involve youth in the planning process in urban areas by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their areas in the future.

Mojang will be the main financial sponsor. The program is designed to run for 3 years; the first pilot project, in Kibera – one of Nairobi’s informal settlements – is already in the planning phase.

Gamescom is a trade fair for video games held annually in Cologne, Germany. This year the event took place August 16 to 19, 2012. Gamers got the chance to see multiplayer scenes from Black Ops II [YouTube video].

Black Ops II is the third installment of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series. It is scheduled to be published by Activision and released on November 13, 2012.

Activision Publishing’s chief executive Eric Hirshberg spoke with BBC in an interview where he said, in connection with this release, that >> The game is very innovative, it has several firsts for the CoD franchise including the fact that it takes place in a future setting which unlocks a whole host of creative possibilities for our developers from new weapons to new settings to new art directional ideas. << [full interview here].

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is launching officially on 21st of August 2012 for Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC and Mac. The company explained on its blog that it was important for them as they developed CS:GO to make sure it was as moddable and extensible as any CS game, so they’re including a Zombie mod as part of the official launch.

Global Offensive is the 4th official member in the Counter Strike game series; other titles include the original Counter-Strike game (launched November 8, 2000), Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (March 20, 2004) and Counter-Strike: Source (October 7, 2004).

Building a sequel of Minecraft would be like trying to improve Lego. Nevertheless, Notch said that the studio will “probably do Minecraft 2″, just not until work on Scrolls is wrapped up.

Instead of waiting for Minecraft 2 to appear, the folks at ComputerAndVideoGames.com wrote a list of potential improvements that we might see in the game’s next version. Among them: players custom-building quests to keep their visitors busy, and a bigger selection of multiplayer modes. [read the full article]

On 17th of July 2012, EA has announced the availability of Battlefield 4 beta in the autumn of 2013, for those that pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition.

To put to ease worries about a possible lack of further development on Battlefield 3, the EA DICE team quickly announced afterwards that they remain committed to the current version: “we’re not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet – in the meantime, we hope you will continue to enjoy Battlefield 3 and all the Battlefield 3 Premium content still to come”.

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A Minecraft Migrated Account Session Vulnerability Security Advisory has been published by Team Avolition in which a method to exploit “migrated” Minecraft accounts is revealed. In their advisory, they mention that this vulnerability needs to be fixed on the authentication level by Mojang Specifications as it cannot be resolved on a server locally.

According to comments on Hacker News, notch said that he took down the auth servers until they’re fixed.

UPDATE: the fix has been applied successfully and the auth servers are back online.

As fans continue to devour the first Expansion Pack, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand, DICE announces three new packs that expand the smash hit with new modes, maps and weapons.

The Battlefield™ army is over 12 Million strong and growing every day as Battlefield 3™ and its first expansion, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand continues to recruit gamers around the world with its dynamic sandbox gameplay and state-of-the-art technology.

DICE demonstrates its ongoing commitment to fans by unveiling three new themed digital expansion packs* that will enhance the superior Battlefield experience with fresh and innovative gameplay, new modes, unique environments and more ways to wage all-out-war on the battlefield. Powered by the Frostbite™ 2 engine, the next expansion packs are: Battlefield 3: Close Quarters in June, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill in the fall, and Battlefield 3: End Game in the winter.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

In Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, players are dropped into a frantic, infantry-only theatre of war. Frostbite 2 high definition destruction makes the environment come alive as everything from furniture to plaster gets shot to pieces. Players will feel the intensity of the world exploding around them as rubble and broken pieces pile up on the floor, while tight level design and vertical gameplay create a highly competitive environment.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters also introduces new weapons, assignments and unique dog tags to bring back to the base game.

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill

Following the tight infantry gameplay of Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, DICE will release Battlefield 3: Armored Kill that ups the ante for vehicular mayhem as only Battlefield can do.

Featuring new drivable tanks, ATVs, mobile artillery and more, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill also delivers huge battlefields for an all-out vehicle assault, including the biggest map in Battlefield history.

Battlefield 3: End Game

The fourth expansion pack will ship in the winter but details remain tightly guarded.

Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand

Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is available now for download for £11.99 or 1200 Microsoft points and features four of the most beloved Battlefield 2™ maps (Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Wake Island and Sharqi Peninsula), all fully re-imagined utilizing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine.

Patrick Bach, Executive Producer, Battlefield 3 said, “Instead of delivering piecemeal map packs, we’re giving players a completely new experience with every themed expansion pack to keep the action fresh. Our expansions are designed to excite our large and active fan base while attracting new recruits with gameplay that is dynamic and unpredictable every time.”

Battlefield 3 is supported by a robust, and completely free social platform called Battlelog that invites players to compete, communicate and play with friends. Gamers track personal stats, compare against other players and join a platoon in an effort to dominate the battlefield. To add to the competitive fervor, a fully integrated rent-a-server program for console players will be available for gamers to play online with friends the way they want to play in either private, public, ranked or unranked matches. For more information about these enhancements and future plans for Battlelog, please visit www.battlefield.com.

Since its launch on Oct. 25, Battlefield 3 has quickly become the fastest selling title in EA’s 20+ year history selling more than 12 Million units since release. Lauded by game critics worldwide for its compelling single player campaign, intense co-op missions and its addictive and world class multiplayer, Battlefield 3 has won more than 120 awards including IGN.com’s “Best Multiplayer Game of 2011.”

Courtesy of EA.com