Recently Minecraft maker and Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson sat down for an extensive interview with Rolling Stone to talk about his success and his future plans. During the course of the Interview Persson said that he has a 10-year plan for his employees if he doesn't come up with an idea for a successor to Minecraft.
Here's the quote: "Hopefully, we are going to keep making money at Mojang, but if we don't, that's fine. We just have 10 fun years, and then, the last year, we'd say to our employees, 'If we don't make any money this year, Mojang is going to be dead. So you might want to look for new jobs.'"
Some took that quote to mean that the clock had already started ticking on developer Mojang.
In a series of Tweets, Notch explained what he meant by that comment:
"I meant we're saving money so that from the day we don't make a profit, we'll survive another 10 years," Notch clarified.
"And I don't see how we'd stop making money any time soon at the rate things are going…"
"So basically, we've got money saved to have 10 more years to come up with a new project, without making a single cent in that time."
It should also be noted that Minecraft continues to make money for Mojang, so there's no real pressure to start designing an IP that can somehow match or eclipse the success of Minecraft.