Minecraft Going Into Beta

December 15th, 2010 by Crusader

Notch, the creator and primary developer of Minecraft, has announced that the game will be going into a beta period on December 20th:

With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we’ll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we’d love all input we can get on this from the modders out there. We’ll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates.

When the game enters beta, the price will rise to 14.95 Euro.

We will also change the license to remove the line that promises all future versions of the game for free. Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, so if you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise.

It’s also noted that gift codes for Minecraft will be available soon, and the next game update will be coming next week prior to beta.

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