Minecraft 1.0 released along with first Xbox 360 trailer

Over two years ago, a part-time game developer named Marcus "Notch" Persson released the first PC alpha version of Minecraft. Now, four million in unit sales later, the 1.0 version of the hit sandbox adventure game is now finally available via an automatic download update for previous Minecraft owners. The official launch was made today during Minecon in Las Vegas. "Notch" also posted the news on his Twitter page. It also means that the game is now being sold at full price for the first time after being discounted by 50 percent for its alpha version and 25 percent when it was in beta.

Minecraft has changed a lot since that first alpha release. The game was designed at first to just be a way for players to construct pretty much anything they wanted in its virtual world. Players who wanted more of a challenge could play in Survival mode that allowed certain creatures to attack the player along with other dangers. Later versions moved the game into a beta state and added more gameplay modes, including some RPG features.

Even though Minecraft has reached the long awaited 1.0 version, "Notch" and the development team at Mojang have promised to continue to update and add onto the game. That includes the long awaited mod tools.

Minecraft has since expanded its reach beyond the PC with versions of the game now available for both the Android and iOS platforms. It's next target is the Xbox 360 console. While that version isn't due for release until the spring of 2012 the first trailer for the Xbox 360 port can be seen in the video below, complete with the official Xbox 360 logo at the end. It's a rather goofy affair with "Notch" and the rest of the Mojang team ohhing and ahhing over the look of the console versions.

In the meantime the PC version still continues to sell at a rate of between 7,000 and 10,000 copies a day. Any way you look at it, that's a lot of revenue for a game that's technically two years old.

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Simon said,
Kinect is only good for certain types of games. This isn't one of them.

Actually there was a contest for a mod that would make Minecraft compatible with motion control (Kinect), there were some pretty interesting results at the end.

If they sell between 7000 and 10000 copies a day, thats between 189000 USD and 270000 USD a day. That is extremely well for a indie gamemaker, isn't it?

morphen said,
If they sell between 7000 and 10000 copies a day, thats between 189000 USD and 270000 USD a day. That is extremely well for a indie gamemaker, isn't it?

He lives in Europe and here we have INSANE tax on basically any sort of income.. I think Sweden is one of the worst offenders of that too.

I mean.. don't get me wrong he is probably living a very very comfortable life but I don't think he is anywhere near as rich as some people think he is. AND if he is wise he would be investing most of his money into his company not his own pocket.

team_NOOB said,
My god that had got to be one of the worst game trailers I have ever seen..
Give them a break! Its not like they're rich and can afford to make a good one!

Jombi said,
Give them a break! Its not like they're rich and can afford to make a good one!
lolwut? have you seen how much money they've made ... they have sold over 4mil copies :l even when it was at 50% off for 13 bucks that's like 52mil bucks :l

vip said,
lolwut? have you seen how much money they've made ... they have sold over 4mil copies :l even when it was at 50% off for 13 bucks that's like 52mil bucks :l

He's being sarcastic.

team_NOOB said,
My god that had got to be one of the worst game trailers I have ever seen..

Doesn't have to be good. They got millions of sales without a single trailer, built off basically just hype alone. The trailer I guess just gets the game some extra coverage, not that it needs it.

Tekkerson said,

Not just him, I find this game completely uninteresting and boring when I played it.

and not only you... I don't get the hype.

AbandonedTrolley said,
I still struggle to get any excitement from this game, maybe it's just me.

The game is repetitive and boring. Some of my friends just seem to like it. Boring 8bit gaming!

AbandonedTrolley said,
I still struggle to get any excitement from this game, maybe it's just me.

No it isn't just you. This is about as exciting as watching a sock dry.

AbandonedTrolley said,
I still struggle to get any excitement from this game, maybe it's just me.

You don't have to either. I'm not interested in Minecraft, but I understand the appeal (massive sandbox + creativity + multiplayer == awesome). My problem is that I'm a man of simple taste, and Minecraft is a bit too... involved for my feeble mind

AbandonedTrolley said,
I still struggle to get any excitement from this game, maybe it's just me.

After building the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I just got bored of it. Maybe that will change if I join multiplayer.

You don't really understand it until someone gives you their premium account and decides to sit you down for an hour and force you to play it.

Then you're addicted.

AbandonedTrolley said,
I still struggle to get any excitement from this game, maybe it's just me.

Single Player is boring, but once you find a good multiplayer server, hours will go by you without you noticing.

Reacon said,
You don't really understand it until someone gives you their premium account and decides to sit you down for an hour and force you to play it.

Then you're addicted.

I second that :3