Minecraft Gets Tentative Release Date and Weather

By John Colaw

April 8, 2011

The day has finally come. Minecraft, one of the most insane seemingly overnight sensations in gaming in recent years, finally has a tentative release date. While Notch wants to stress that many things aren’t really going to change much between now and when the game finally releases other than the removal of the “Beta” status, but it is definitely finally getting a full release date; November 11th, 2011.

In the meantime, the team is working on getting Achievements and stat tracking working properly which should be ready for the next update, Beta Version 1.5. Having troubles with that, Notch has started work on weather effects, including snow and rain which will fall in the appropriate areas and will make the sky darker and obscure the stars and moon. In snowy areas, the water will turn into ice and snow will cover the ground again even after it’s been removed. When it’s raining, there will be occasional thunderstorms with lightning, though no word what effect the lightning bolts will have either on the environment, players or mobs.

Once stats, achievements and the weather are done the next update will be released with a hopeful window of next week.

[Word of Notch]

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John is what you might call something of a badass. When he's not writing about games or playing them, he's playing in the Kansas City band "Documentary" and drinking as many different beers as often as he can. He's a huge comic nerd in the best sense of the term, with a particular love for the Creator Owned movement.

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