- Cave Game
- May 10-13, 2009 (Pre-Classic)
- Minecraft: Order of the Stone
- May 14-15, 2009 (LWJGL default logo)
- 2009-2010 (Indev-Alpha 1.0.3)
- 2010-2011 (Alpha 1.0.4-Beta 1.3)
- 2011 (Beta 1.4-Beta 1.7.3)
- 2011-2017 (Beta 1.8-1.12)
- Minecraft Java Edition
- 2017-2020 (1.12.2-1.15)
- 2020-present (1.16 onward)
May 10-13, 2009 May 14-15, 2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011 2011-2017 2017-2020 2019-present 2020-present
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Minecraft Java Edition (formerly Minecraft) is a sandbox construction game created by Markus “Notch” Persson, is the original version of Minecraft developed by Mojang Studios for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Notch began developing the game on May 10, 2009, officially releasing it on November 18, 2011, at MineCon 2011. Subsequent updates have since been released, with additions such as new gameplay mechanics, new mobs, and biomes.
On September 15, 2014 Microsoft bought Mojang for US$2.5 billion, acquiring the rights of Minecraft. In 2017, the game received the subtitle Java Edition to separate it from the Bedrock Edition (which was later renamed to simply as “Minecraft” by the Better Together Update).
May 10-13, 2009 (Pre-Classic)
When Notch began the development of the Java Edition between May 10 and 13, 2009, he hadn’t yet decided on a name for the game, so it was simply referred under the codename of Cave game tech test or just Cave Game. No logo ever existed for this phase of development (known as Pre-Classic).
Minecraft: Order of the Stone
May 14-15, 2009 (LWJGL default logo)
A day later, Notch decided to name the game as Minecraft: Order of the Stone (a reference to the web comic Order of the Stick), but it was simplified to just Minecraft prior to the Classic phase on May 17, 2009.
A logo for this title never existed either, however the default icon of LWJGL would display on a couple of the earliest launcher versions available, whenever you open the game.
2009-2010 (Indev-Alpha 1.0.3)
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Minecraft’s first logo was originally showcased at the official website on May 22, 2009 and it would later be used in-game when the phase of Indev (v0.31) started on December 23. The logo could only be seen at the menu screen against a wall made of dirt and it consisted of the word “MINECRAFT” begin formed with cobblestone blocks. It was later used in Infdev and early Alpha versions.
2010-2011 (Alpha 1.0.4-Beta 1.3)
In Alpha 1.0.4, the texture of the blocks were changed from cobblestone to stone. An animation was also added where the stone blocks would fall to the wall forming the word “Minecraft” (this feature along with the logo was removed in Beta 1.4).
2011 (Beta 1.4-Beta 1.7.3)
Mojang unveiled Minecraft’s most well known logo in Beta 1.4, the previous design was replaced with a hand drawn stone-like lettering, in which the iconic face of the “Creeper” was added to the “A”.
2011-2017 (Beta 1.8-1.12)
The logo was slightly retouched in Beta 1.8, some of the reflections of the letters were a bit decreased. This is the design that would later be used for the full release of the game (v1.0.0) on November 18, 2011 and also seen in merchandise and other media.
Minecraft Java Edition
In 2017, the PC version of Minecraft was renamed as the Java Edition to separate it from Bedrock Edition, which was renamed to just Minecraft by the Better Together update. This logo was introduced in version 1.12.2 and while most versions of Minecraft uses the main design that was established since 2015, Java Edition kept using the original with the addition of the “Java Edition” subtitle.
2020-present (1.16 onward)
The logo was modified in version 1.16, the gray tone of the letters was made lighter and thick outline was added around them.
Used only in the Minecraft Launcher and the official website.
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Co-developed and co-owned by Mojang Studios and Xbox Game StudiosThird-party editions (international only) developed by 4J StudiosChinese version developed by NetNase Games
Bedrock Edition1&7 | Dungeons | Earth2 | Education Edition | Java3 | Legacy Console Edition1 | New Nintendo 3DS4 | Nintendo Switch1 | PlayStation 31 | PlayStation 41 | PlayStation Vita1 | Story Mode5 | Wii U4 | Windows 106 | Xbox 3606 | Xbox One6
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Movies: The Movie | The Story of Mojang
Online Websites and Blogs: Forums | Planet Minecraft | Wiki8
Other: AntVenom9 | Criminal Minecraft | DanTDM9 (The Diamond Dimensions9) | Lego Minecraft10 | The Palace Network | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Notes: 1 Developed by 4J Studios. 2 Developed by Mojang Studios. 3 Developed by Oracle. 4 Developed by SkyBox Labs. 5 Developed by Telltale Games. 6 Developed by Xbox Game Studios. 7 Developed by NetEase Games. 8 Collaboration with Gamepedia. 9 YouTube-affiliated. 10 Collaboration with Lego.