Minecraft players have been waiting patiently for developer Mojang to release the latest PC version of the hit sandbox game. Today, Mojang announced that the 1.3 release of Minecraft will be made available to players on August 1st. A "release candidate" version will be released a week earlier for some final testing.
In a post on Mojang's blog, the company goes over what will be added and what will change in the 1.3 build. The biggest change is the merging of Minecraft's single player and multiplayer code. The site states:
The most dramatic change is that we’ve kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multi-player. There are two major benefits to this: first, it’s required for the modding API if we don’t want to have multiple implementations of every mod, and second, if we fix a bug in single-player, we know the bug is fixed in multi-player, too. Previously we had to fix bugs both in relation to single-player and multi-player.
The update will also add lots of new items to Minecraft, along with a trading system that will let players purchase items from villagers. Unfortunately, the long awaired mod API is still in the works but Mojang hints that it is in the final stages of development. It states:
Throwing out single-player was the first step in order to make the API possible, and that’s done now. We decided to release 1.3 without the API, because otherwise it would be an even longer wait for a Minecraft update.