Minecraft: Pocket Edition is now available for Windows Phone, bringing the wildly popular game to Microsoft’s mobile platform following the Redmond company’s acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion earlier this year.
The new release fills a major gap in Windows Phone’s lineup of apps, but in reality it’s just a side benefit of the acquisition. Microsoft’s acquisition of the popular open-world platform gives the company a bigger presence in video games and education, as well as one of the top paid apps for iOS and Android.
The purchase of Mojang was the largest game-related acquisition in Microsoft’s history. Microsoft said at the time of the deal that Minecraft will continue to be available for PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.
The price of $6.99 for the Windows Phone version is the same as the price on the other mobile platforms. Minecraft works on Windows Phone 8.1 devices.