Minecraft is a franchise consisting of four video games (Minecraft, Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft: Dungeons, which is scheduled for release in spring 2020 and Minecraft Earth), as well as various by-products: comics, books, etc. that are additions to video games and supplement the Minecraft universe.
Minecraft is the brainchild of Swedish game designer and programmer Marcus Persson. He was inspired to creating the characters by games like Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper. Then, the programmer founded Mojang, which released the game for some time, and later it was sold to Microsoft.
This is a unique game where you can do your things and bring to life the most incredible architectural fantasies and then live in them. You can build some medieval castles, wooden ships, and entire cities. You can build anything, brick after brick. It is like the world of the Lego, only in virtual reality.
Also, since 2010, game developers have been hosting the annual MineCon Festival, which features updates to the original game, and from 2018 new parts of the franchise. The tradition of the festival is a costume contest based on the game. Since 2017, MineCon has been streamed live to watch worldwide.
Minecraft is one of the most exciting and progressive games ever created, both in terms of its inclination towards procedural generation and emergent gameplay, and from open development. In an era when making most games is a secret, millions were invited to buy Minecraft and try it out before developers finished writing the final code. This approach has led to an unprecedented amount of useful stuff for developers and at the same time enriching their wallets.