Minecraft passes 10 million registered users

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The immensely popular PC sandbox game Minecraft has passed 10 million registered users. The number comes straight from the horse's mouth: the game's creator, Markus Persson, also known as Notch.

There is still no official release date for Minecraft. The game was supposed to leave beta status on November 11, 2011 but that date was pushed back about a week since Notch wants to find a good venue for MinecraftCon and the date 11/11/11 is fully booked.

When it finally ships, Minecraft will be available for €20.00 ($28.87); right now it's still in beta and goes for €14.95 ($21.58). Notch says that despite other upcoming versions of the game, he is still focused on the PC version and won't be coding any of the other ports.

Minecraft is coming to the Xbox 360 this winter. The new version of the game, which doesn't have a name yet, will be designed specifically for console play. It will feature (but not require) Kinect support, and will be an exclusive Xbox 360 title.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition, an Android port, is also in development. The game will be arriving on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play first, before it shows up for other Android devices. The Xperia Play was likely chosen because it has dedicated gaming buttons. The price of the app is still unknown, nor do we have a release date or specific exclusivity period for the Xperia Play, but we do know there is already working code, courtesy of the video released two months ago.

Minecraft was originally released (now referred to as the classic version) on May 17, 2009. It entered Indev status on December 23, 2009, Infdev status on February 27, 2010, alpha status on June 28, 2010, and finally beta status on December 20, 2010. 

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