While Minecraft players got a minor update, 1.7, recently, the hit sandbox PC game from developer Marcus "Notch" Persson will be getting a massive update in the near future. The 1.8 update, otherwise known as the Adventure Update, will add a number of new features and improvements to the game. In a new blog post Persson reveals just some of what he has planned for the 1.8 update which looks like it will be the final big update for Minecraft before it officially comes out of beta later this year. Persson states, "Once this update is out, there will only some tweaks, optimizations and code cleanups left to the core game before we can call it a full release."
The update will make Minecraft "more gamey" according to Persson. He states, that the goal is to give Minecraft "More content, more exploration, more things to do, and interesting combat!". Look for randomly generated dungeons, villages with NPCs, a new biome code, sprinting, critical hits and a "fully working Creative Mode". Persson has also promised that the long awaited mod support for Minecraft "is happening, honest."
Minecraft recently signed up its 10 millionth registered user and continues to sell around 10,000 copies via download every day. At the moment the game has sold over 2.7 million copies in its PC version. Ports for the Xbox 360 and Android operating system are in the works. There are also still plans to hold some kind of Minecraft convention in Las Vegas around the time the official non-beta version of the game is released.