According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is in talks to buy Mojang — the studio behind the absolutely banana's huge mega super duper blockbuster hit Minecraft — for $US2 billion.
Microsoft already locked Minecraft down for a (timed) Xbox exclusive, but the deal has run out and the Minecraft gold has been leaking onto other platforms. Considering that Minecraft is the insanely huge hit that it is — Minecraft on Xbox 360 is just 2.5 million sales shy of Halo 3, which had a three year head start — it would make sense for Microsoft to just buy the cow, and the chance for Mojang to put out another bonkers hit would just be a bonus.
Neither Microsoft nor Mojang have commented on the rumours, but if the deal is as close to closing as the Wall Street Journal suggests, we could hear about it soon. And maybe Minecraft for Windows Phone soon after?!?! [WSJ]