@finaldasa: If you see people making their own stories in this game as a "void" I think maybe you don't get this game. Making your own story is the game. That's not a void to be filled. The new people running Minecraft don't understand why it makes money so they're adding conventional tangible things they do understand (that miss the point of the game). I have to imagine the people who own Minecraft now might have seen the main thing that made the game popular as a "void" to be filled, like you did, and that's distressing for the future of the IP.
Yep. This, pretty much. Here, we see the beginning of the end of Minecraft. While not my sort of thing, I could TOTALLY see why people were into it. Clearly Microsoft can't, and it'll be the end of the franchise.
Not the end of the concept, however. I think we're going to see another company with a clone or an evolved take on the original idea snatch the mantle from Minecraft in the coming years.