Minecraft to officially launch on 11/11/11

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Minecraft finally has an official release date they are ready to share with the world. On 11/11/11, Minecraft will remove its beta tag and be available to the world for the low price of €20.00 ($28 USD).

The sandbox experience game allows players to shape and create their own world, with infinite possibilities, the gameplay is endless. Players create and mine their way through the sandbox level brick-by-brick, digging, creating and destroying their creations.

Markus "Notch" Perssons, the creator of Minecraft, originally launched the Java-based indie game back in May 2009, and it has since taken off with an incredible 2,000,000+ member base. The full version will be similar to that of the beta version, which still retails for €14.95 ($21 USD), and will still come with updates after the full version is released in November.

The indie game has even exploded on YouTube with home-created videos of players creations. Some players creations have been viewed over a few million times, including the Enterprise from Star Trek, where some user created a life-size model of the ship. Players have even created the Earth, New York City, 10,000 TNT city and even a live action short clip by Corridor.

The block-style game has become highly successful with consumers from all lengths of the globe. Minecraft will launch on the iOS and Android platform later this year.

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Notch doesn't seem be doing hardly any work on the game anymore considering he's made millions of dollars...Minecraft still needs more blocks and improvements, and I doub't we'll see them by "launch" day. And this isn't just my opinion - lots of others feel the same way...

Mr. Black said,
Notch doesn't seem be doing hardly any work on the game anymore considering he's made millions of dollars...Minecraft still needs more blocks and improvements, and I doub't we'll see them by "launch" day. And this isn't just my opinion - lots of others feel the same way...

We've got weather on the way - it will also affect gameplay.
Keep an eye on his twitter page.

What most people don't realize that is that most game devs DON'T give access to their software until long after they have deemed it a finished and polished product. Notch did it differently, and allowed people to play along from the very beginning, when it was still in a simplistic state, barely able to be called a "video game".

If you have a problem with that model, that's one thing, but expecting to see a full-featured, bug-less, professional game is silly since it doesn't need to be at that level yet.

I'm very disappointed in Notch, it feels like he gave up once he hit the 1 million player mark.

When I bought Minecraft in December 2010 the game looked half finished, and since the patches add very very few features, that is probably not going to change. The modders do a better job than Mojang, too bad the updates break the mods.

I thought there would be different types of layers of rock with real-life inspired geology, but there is only one kind of rock : it's grey and it's called "rock". For a game called Minecraft, mining is a completely boring experience. Whether you find coal or iron is just luck. Sometimes you'll find caves, which makes it easier to find iron and coal, and there are mosnters to fight, but the combat is simplistic and the tunnels so confusing and random it gets tedious fast. When I heard the game had "dungeons" I thought they would have corridors and halls, but they're just monster spawners in 10x10 rooms. There is also no real point of exploring outside, since there isn't really anything useful to find. That pretty much sums up the entire single-player gameplay, for some people that might be enough, but not for me. I don't want to play digital Lego, I tought there would eventually be NPCs, ruins and, most importantly, the actual need to defend your home against monsters.

The multiplayer is still incredibly laggy, and I'm still wondering how they can possibly fix it. The fact that people see your creations in multiplayer makes the building aspect more worthwhile than in multi-player, of course, but good servers still need plugins that add an economy, building rights, chest protection, villages etc.

Granted, I don't expect it to be as ambitious and deep as Dwarf Fortress, but it looks like Notch has NO vision.

Sigh
I am kinda afraid a lot of the ideas and planned features (like NPC villages, old ruins and so on generated with the map) will end up not being in the game...
I hate seeing game developer setting the release date and then go to work on the game...
Oh well, at least the release date and "finished game" won't be the last feature update for this game according to notch, more like a milestone, sure hope that is true

My initial impression of this game was cack too, but once I learnt the controls and gave it a chance I found it way more enjoyable. Of course, it's a creative game, it won't appeal to everyone. If you like building stuff it has a lot of flexibility.

Pretty much this. I tried the classic version a few times and thought it was pants. Bought the full version when I was stuck at home one night and loved it. Wasted my weekend playing it

DrCheese said,
oh and lol @ using Gigapixel's TARDIS in this article

Yeah sod that, Spriteland is way better.

stablemist said,
I still see no reason to buy minecraft.

Then don't? It's not like you're being forcibly coerced into handing over your cash for a game you don't want to play. I haven't bought it either, but I understand why people would.

stablemist said,
I still see no reason to buy minecraft.

because the original Lego software is hard to use and you can't play online.

;-)

Haha you should probably add that Minecraft is the game of the comedy series by The Yogscast which is a very popular YouTube sensation.

I am also quite surprised that Minecraft has no publisher yet.

xbamaris said,
I am also quite surprised that Minecraft has no publisher yet.

hes had great success getting the game out himself why give a publisher his hard earned money.

dead.cell said,
11-11-11? Hell, I'll be playing Skyrim by then!

Yeah, that's bad release date! I can't wait for Skyrim!!

dead.cell said,
11-11-11? Hell, I'll be playing Skyrim by then!

I don't know what Skyrim is but I'm afraid to google whilst at work to find out

Praeses said,

Yeah, that's bad release date! I can't wait for Skyrim!!

If you read his blog post this info came from, you would see that Skyrim was one of the reasons this date was chosen.

dead.cell said,
11-11-11? Hell, I'll be playing Skyrim by then!
Yes, that's why Mojang is using the personal tag-line "Us, too!" Notch said that he will be extremely happy if they are able to release Minecraft on the same day as Skyrim (a game he is looking forward to quite a bit). It's better detailed here on his blog: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/4423138657/11-11-11

I hope the game will get optimized, 30-50% CPU and 1.1GB RAM used by 64-bit Java runtime environment after an hr of gameplay.

A final version coming from the guy that takes vacations from vacations and has board meetings in coffee shops?

/doubt

Xilo said,
A final version coming from the guy that takes vacations from vacations and has board meetings in coffee shops?

/doubt

Doubt if you will, but I'd say that he's been pretty damn successful so far. I'm sure I read somewhere that the money he has made from the Alpha alone has gone towards setting up his own game studio.

MINECRAFT!!!!!1111111 can't wait for final but they have a long way to go for single player and certainly in the multiplayer aspect. Having ran both a modded public classic server and private beta server it takes a lot of work as it eats RAM/CPU.

Just wondering if they will ever release via retailers... Physical and digital distribution via steam etc. Not that they need to with 2 mill+ sales on a beta game >.<

For anyone who hasn't seen yet, 1.5 release (notch said it will be released next week) will have weather depending on the biome and the stats/achievements that were meant to be in the last update.

Stetson said,

Minecraft = The real Lego game.

That's how I describe the game to people who haven't played it before "Digital Lego basically!"

I bought this game a few weeks ago and it's like crack.
I'm just hope the ever growing list of bugs will stop and all will eventually be taken care of. It will be an interesting feat imo.

You forgot to mention the documentary that is to be created around this game as well that managed to raise over $210k making it the 3rd most successful drive at kickstarter.com.