The future for PlayStation versions of Minecraft was thrown into doubt on Tuesday after business sources claimed that Microsoft was preparing to buy the game's developer, Mojang, for as much as $2 billion.
However, new details have emerged from purported inside sources speaking to Bloomberg, who claim that "Microsoft will keep Minecraft available for rival products" should the deal go ahead.
Those unnamed inside sources add that Markus Persson, the principal developer of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, would likely depart from the company if the deal is completed.
Neither Microsoft, Mojang, or Sony have officially commented on the speculated deal, which is expected to become official as late as next week.
People said to be familiar with negotiations add that it was Persson who apparently "reached out to Microsoft a few months ago, based on a positive working relationship on Minecraft for Xbox".
It is said that Xbox business head Phil Spencer has a close relationship with the Minecraft maestro. That bond meant both parties "quickly agreed on a framework and approximate price and have been working out the details", according to Bloomberg's insiders.
These claims remain unverified, though the number of business sources claiming that Microsoft is hoping to buy the studio suggests that the speculation is not baseless.
Persson founded Mojang in 2010 following the breakout success of Minecraft. The game has since been ported to numerous devices, from phones to tablets to all the major game consoles, save for Nintendo's. Sales have surpassed 54 million units.