In an announcement on his tumblr yesterday, Minecraft creator Notch confirmed some pretty huge details about upcoming content patches for the game. First and foremost was the confirmation that yes, pets will be coming, specifically in the form of a wolf creature that will spawn in the game world, and can be tamed by players, causing them to follow you around and attack your enemies. The whole thing is pretty adorable, and you can see a short video of the wolves in action after the jump.
Notch also confirmed that lots of thoughtful work is being put into the game’s achievement system, which promises to be free of “chores”, but rather, populated with things that players will actually want to do. I’m really hopeful about this system; it definitely seems like game-prescribed goals are something that Minecraft has been sorely lacking. It hasn’t been stated exactly when these things will be implemented, but I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say “eventually”. I mean, this is Minecraft we’re talking about.