Photos: Mojang Releases 'Minecraft' Before Official Launch
By Clint Demeritt | Nov 16, 2011 05:11 PM EDT
For those who can't wait to get their hands on the post-beta launch of the "Minecraft" there is good news: Mojang just released the non-beta 1.0 version.
The game was supposed to launch on Nov. 18 during MineCon, the "Minecraft" fan convention, but the developer decided to break it own street date for the game. The head of Mojang, Notch, tweeted there should only be a few "very minor tweaks" to perform before the official release and told game sites to go head and review the game if they wanted.
"Minecraft" is an open sandbox game that is more an expression of creativity. Players are encouraged to harvest blocks and then arrange them in any way they see fit. Some players have created huge castles, rollercoasters or even blocky recreations of the U.S.S. Enterprise from "Star Trek."
The game features day and night cycles and at night players must survive zombies, skeletons and "creeps" who threaten not only their lives, but also their creations. Players can also craft swords and armor to help defend themselves. The post-beta adds a new enchantment system, baby animals, a dragon end-boss and an alternate dimension called "The End."
"Minecraft" has been in development since 2009, and Mojang let players in on the game each step of the way, letting them download every version of the game since its Alpha. Notch and his team have been slowly adding features one at time, such as the need for food and piston blocks. Though it is a usual way of creating a game it seems to be successful; "Minecraft" has sold more than 4 million copies while it was still in beta.
Releasing the post-beta game provides an interesting opportunity for those who have yet to purchase it. Mojang has been offering the beta for a 25 percent discount until the full version is released. So now, you can get the full game at a discount from the "Minecraft" site. But hurry, the discount is only good until the official launch at MineCon.
If you are curious about MineCon, you can check out a live stream of the event, courtesy of IGN. Tickets have completely sold out for the convention, so there definitely is some excitement surround the event.
You can download the 1.0 version through this GamePro story. And check out the "This is Minecraft" trailer here:
A security flaw in Minecraft that allowed users to sign into strangers' accounts was exposed by security researchers Alex Vanderport and Keegan Novik when the Team Avolition duo posted a detailed advisory about the snafu on GitHub Saturday. The game's maker, Mojang, has promised the flaw is fixed.Source: Mojang