Minecraft officially launching on 11/11/11

By on April 8, 2011, 3:18 PM
The immensely popular PC sandbox game Minecraft will finally leave beta status on November 11, 2011. The release date for the full version coincides with several other games and movies, so Minecraft's creator Markus Persson has decided to give it the unofficial tagline "us too." When it finally ships, it will be available for 20.00 ($28.87); right now it's still in beta and goes for 14.95 ($21.58).

Persson confirmed that the full version won't differ very much from the current iteration, and that the team plans to keep adding features before and after the beta label comes off. He also noted that bug fixing will be brought into the development method in a more clear way so that people working customer support can add bugs as tasks.

Minecraft version 1.5 is due out next week. The new version will add Achievements and Statistics as well as weather to the game. The latter is almost complete and includes periodic downfall (snow in snowy areas, rain in others, nothing in deserts) that make the sky darker, hides the sun, moon and stars, and makes everything wet. Ice grows back in cold regions, and snowfall covers the ground when it's snowing. During rain/snow, there can be occasional thunderstorms with lightning.

"It's a bit tricky to really do a release for Minecraft as we keep updating it all the time," Persson said in a statement. "For one, the version we deem as the 'full version won't be very different at all from what the game was like a week ago, and we'll keep adding features after the release as well, so it's really more of a milestone when we finally get rid of the Beta label, and some kind of goal for us to work towards. The plan is to be open with this and try to get people to cheer us on as much as possible, but to be open with the fact that the game won't change much at the actual release day. (It's more a progress up until that point)"

User Comments: 12

Got something to say? Post a comment
beast1944 said:

Don't think it will be worth the price, considering that you can get a real game for that price, plus what happens to all the people who payed for the Beta ???

Guest said:

People who payed for the beta get the full game.

magaman598 magaman598 said:

Mmmhm, I've purchase the Beta and a Beta key for a friend and we love the game, and beast, I don't know if you've tried it or not, but I think everyone should atleast once. =P

lipe123 said:

Whats the point of saying its going to launch in November, thats still a lifetime away.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

I really hope it comes out on Steam, that way I can link it through my account, and update it through steam. The only reason being I feel like having it linked to my account I won't lose it one day.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Emil didn't mention what in my opinion is what makes this milestone announcement interesting: Minecraft has sold more than 1.8 million copies, netting the indie developer over $33 million.

Cota Cota said:

lawl, same day has Skyrim.

Had been playing this one for about 2 weeks and its awesome. The gameplay by itself is very very original despite of the simple textures its a 9/10 game

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

beast1944 said:

Don't think it will be worth the price, considering that you can get a real game for that price, plus what happens to all the people who payed for the Beta ???

What do you mean a real game? Last time I checked mine craft was a real game.

BrianUMR said:

Pretty sure it was said if you bought the alpha you can the full game. However that part was removed from the agreement when the beta came out. I don't think it is clear cut whether or not you get the full game with the beta.

Also why isn't it a full game. It looks like way more of a full game than most games today. Just becuase it doesn't have modern graphics doesn't mean it is a full game.

Guest said:

if you bought it during alpha you get the full game + all DLC

If you bought during beta you get only the full game

Both got a discounted price for early purchase.

stylestrauss said:

Selling over a million copies before official release- that is testimony enough to the fact that the game is worth every cent.

Been playing it for a while now. Its helplessly addictive and the gameplay is very innovative. Definitely worth a try, if you haven't already.

s3thar said:

Glad to hear a release date. For what it is, and it's success through alpha/beta, Notch has done a marvelous job on Minecraft!!

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.