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FortressCraft hits $1 million sales, becomes best-selling Xbox Live Indie game

Projector Games's FortressCraft has become the best-selling indie title on Xbox Live. Just four months after setting records as XBLIG's fastest selling game following its launch in April, the team behind the build-your-own-block-world project revealed it has since sold over 35,000 downloads, making FortressCraft the first listing in Microsoft's indie library to crack the 1 million sales mark.

“The success of FortressCraft is easy to understand after playing it. It's a game in which you have an amazingly varied number of materials at your fingertips so you could begin to build your dream home, a massive network of dungeons, or even an alien world,” wrote Projector Games's media manager ViraGunn on the studio's official forum.

Highlighting FortressCraft's 84% trial to purchase conversion rate, she added: “The XBOX community has taken notice of this gem of a game and the conversion numbers (the percentage of people who download the demo and then go on to purchase the game) prove just that.”

Released on April 8th, 2011, FortressCraft allows players to import their Xbox Avatars into a randomly generated world and create whatever they please using a variety of blocks, items and abilities. Naturally, the game has been heavily compared to Minecraft, and in an interview with Wolf's Gaming Blog, creator DJArcas admitted the success of Markus “Notch” Persson's block game informed FortressCraft's development, explaining, “Whilst Minecraft wasn’t even close to being the first Vox-based building game (Voxlap was out in 2002!), it’s by far and away the most popular one. Most people who’ve played FortressCraft have said that whilst it’s superficially like Minecraft, it doesn’t have the same feel at all.”

In a separate Ars Technica interview with Notch himself, the Mojang studio co-founder said he believes all developers grow by adapting great ideas, but added:  "FortressCraft is an obvious attempt to just take something popular and clone it as closely as possible. I still think it's important that people are allowed and able to do things like that, but it's hardly graceful."

The first of six FortressCraft chapters is currently available for 240 Microsoft Points (US$3). No word yet on when Chapter 2 is set to drop. 

Aug 11, 2011

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31 comments

  • SomeMotherfuckersAreAlwaysTryingToOrderPizzaUphill - August 13, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    Hmm, New Math at work? Last I checked, 35,000 x $3 didn't come anywhere close to $1 million. 350,000 downloads perhaps?
  • Terrorrizor - August 12, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Is anyone else thinking Minecraft?
  • WinkedUp Lozza - August 12, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    FortressCraft and MineCraft: there are many games that aren't free that are very similar to eachother. You only complain because there are very few like MineCraft, and therefore aren't used to seeing different version of the genre. Also, FortressCraft is comptetition to MineCraft, and if you've ever studied business, you'll know that competition always brings about better products (games)
  • VvSch - August 12, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Notch is no fool. First of all, sueing Projector Games might result in a lengthy and expensive legal battle, of which the outcome will be uncertain. It simply might not be worth the effort, especially if you consider the following: -the kind of people who will play FortressCraft are very likely not the kind who would buy Minecraft. I do believe his client base won't be greatly affected by this. -everybody who knows and loves Minecraft will know this FortressCraft is a rip-off, and they will be vocal about it. Word will spread, and if Notch won't have a legal victory, he will at least have a moral one. So everybody, tell your family, friends and colleagues! Minecraft is the real deal! :-)
  • HankVenture - August 11, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    @plan10.. It's shitty.. the version out right now just has basic blocks...it's dull and boring in comparison to minecraft...there is no crafting, there are no enemies..it's just a straight rip off of Classic Minecraft, just more annoying and lame
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - August 11, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    So can anyone tell me if its worth buying this, or should I wait for minecraft to come out on xbox....I know this a massive rip off of minecraft but that doesnt mean it might not be better, ripping off and improving is probably the main way the game industry moves forward sadly
  • HankVenture - August 11, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Ok it sold soo many because everyone wanted to play a minecraft type of game on their xbox.. I bought it for that reason and guess what.. it's complete shit in my opinion.. and you have to buy the add ons once they come out. Fuck that game in its stupid............
  • Dman3981 - August 11, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    These clones aren't that good without the survival aspect of it.
  • huntreilly25 - August 11, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    if I had known way back that Minecraft was coming to 360 I would've never bought Fortress Craft...while it's not a terrible game and it certainly has it's plus' it simply doesn't come close to comparing with Minecraft.
  • z50macdaddy - August 11, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    @db1331 You want to see a rip-off, Take a look at Total Miner:Forge.
  • pokemonboo297 - August 11, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Shows how bad X-box live marketplace is when the best selling game is a clone of a popular PC game.
  • Vitreosity - August 11, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. Notch could be suing his ass for every nickel that guy has, but he's just letting this guy become a millionaire off of a complete and total ripoff of his own game.
  • nkoontz93 - August 11, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Seems odd that Bethesda won't let Notch name a game "Scrolls," but he lets a ripoff makes one million dollars.
  • Blue2 - August 11, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Notch should put minecraft on the PSN since there is umm... what is the word. oh ya, No competition.
  • QWERTYCommander - August 11, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    @db1331 Zenimax (Bethesda's parent company) is the one suing, not Bethesda. Anyway, This sucks. Total Miner: Forge is a far better XBLA Minecraft clone too! But I do like Notch's reaction to the game. Probably the best way to ever react to something like this.
  • asspills - August 11, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    If you guys want a minecraft rip-off on Indie Games, Total Miner Forge is by far the best copy-cat. It's only downfall is that there's no online multiplayer. Though once Minecraft actually comes out for XBLA, I'm buying that shit, day one.
  • Bloodstorm - August 11, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    @Therawski, Notch has no desire to sue people just because they are uncreative. He has only had to enforce the Minecraft trademark once when someone made a clone of Minecraft for the iOS and called it Minecraft. He simply demanded them change the name and nothing more came of it. Notch is nothing if not humble about his properties. He didn't even want to trademark Minecraft, but his lawyers made him. So why is he suing, because he doesn't quite care I guess. It's not hampered his sales any as he has reached 3 million already, which is something in the vein of like 45 million in revenue.
  • therawski - August 11, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    @db1331 I KNOW, RIGHT! Why isn't the guy from Minecraft sueing?
  • revsears - August 11, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Looks okay, might give it a try but my gaming time is now dominated by Terraria. It may be 2-d but it has both the creation side and more action adventure side.
  • LIAMthescot - August 11, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    @db1331, Damn it I liked Bethesda!

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