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Minecraft Dropping Beta Tag Later This Year

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Minecraft is expected to go "retail" this November, although it won't be much different than what's offered during prior weeks.

Minecraft creator Markus "notch" Persson said on Thursday that his highly-popular sandbox building game will finally drop its beta tag in November. The news arrives just after Persson said current revenue had reached $33 million after taxes and PayPal's transaction fees. That's certainly quite a sum given the game isn't out of beta and still doesn't charge the full premium pricetag.

During a recent board meeting, Persson and the rest of Mojang decided it was time to set a date for the final "retail" version. But he also admitted it won't be much different than what will be released in prior weeks. Instead, dropping the "beta" tag will be more of a milestone for the team, giving them a set goal to reach.

"The plan is to be open with this and try to get people to cheer us on as much as possible, but to be open with the fact that the game won’t change much at the actual release day," Persson said in his blog. "It’s more a progress up until that point. We picked November 11, with the unofficial tagline 'us too.' It’s the same date as a few other games and movies, and the one I’m the most excited about is Skyrim, so that will be a nice reward for me if we actually manage to hit that date!"

Persson also gave a status on the game's progression, saying the team had been working on completing Achievements and Statistics features for v1.5. But Persson ran into some issues with JSON, got frustrated, and decided to work on weather effects instead.

"Developing new features like that is what I enjoy doing the most, so I ended up covering a lot of ground," he said. "There’s periodic downfall (snow in snowy areas, rain in others, nothing in deserts) that make the sky darker, hides the sun, moon and stars, and makes everything wet. Ice grows back in cold regions, and snowfall covers the ground when it’s snowing. During rain/snow, there can be occasional thunderstorms with lightning. I haven’t finished the actual lightning bolt yet, but everything else is fairly done."

To read the entire update, check out Persson's blog here. Interested gamers curious about the Minecraft phenomenon can play the "demo" here. It's an old, browser-based version, but players can get a taste and even save their creative progress locally on their hard drive.

As listed on the website, the "full" version will sell for €20.00 when it launches on 11.11.11. Those who purchase the game now will only pay €14.95. And yes, in the image above, I wrote "Tom's" with blue/green wool and 1/2 stone blocks (I stand corrected heh) using the demo (classic) version.

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    iokau , April 8, 2011 9:34 PM
    Um, you used blue/green wool and 1/2 stone blocks. Not "bush blocks." Just sayin' =P
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    fatkid35 , April 8, 2011 10:12 PM
    my oldest kid quit playing black ops to play this more. i gotta say i was a bit shocked to see him leave a fps for something so simple and still very fun. my 6 year old likes to play this as well. it's a pretty cool game. i have to admit, for the first time i can say my kids actually learned something of value from a video game. we have had discusions about elements and construction methods. big props to the team making this game available.
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    skaz , April 8, 2011 10:27 PM
    I wish it was cheaper then 20 us dollars. I'd pull the trigger at $10-$15.
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    dread_cthulhu , April 8, 2011 10:35 PM
    skazI wish it was cheaper then 20 us dollars. I'd pull the trigger at $10-$15.

    That's 20 euros.... More like $28.97 American money. Wallet's gonna be missing a bit more than a portrait of Mr. Jackson.
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    xerroz , April 8, 2011 10:40 PM
    skazI wish it was cheaper then 20 us dollars. I'd pull the trigger at $10-$15.
    Should've bought it last year then...I got it around November and I only paid $14
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    xerroz , April 8, 2011 10:40 PM
    skazI wish it was cheaper then 20 us dollars. I'd pull the trigger at $10-$15.

    It's 25% off from what it's gonna cost when it goes retail so might as well buy it now if youre gonna buy it then
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    jasonpwns , April 8, 2011 10:47 PM
    skazI wish it was cheaper then 20 us dollars. I'd pull the trigger at $10-$15.


    You'll get more gameplay then some 50$ games... So 20$ is worth it.
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    skaz , April 8, 2011 10:47 PM
    dread_cthulhuThat's 20 euros.... More like $28.97 American money. Wallet's gonna be missing a bit more than a portrait of Mr. Jackson.


    No. Its 15 euro right now. More like $20. =)
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    neblix , April 8, 2011 10:48 PM
    I find it strangely fitting that Minecraft is to be supposedly released on the last binary date of the 21st century. :D 
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    skaz , April 8, 2011 10:51 PM
    For anyone this may help. Current exchange rates...

    Price for game now - 14.95 euros = 21.58 US dollars
    Price for game later - 20.00 euros = 28.87 US dollars
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    gm0n3y , April 8, 2011 11:29 PM
    I've got $20 burning a hole in my pocket right now for this game. I was hoping to wait until after summer (to avoid spending too much time indoors) but I may just have to pick it up now.
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    FloKid , April 9, 2011 2:16 AM
    MineCraft only looks good on small screens : )
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    randomizer , April 9, 2011 2:28 AM
    FloKidMineCraft only looks good on small screens : )

    Play it in a window?
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    maestintaolius , April 9, 2011 3:45 AM
    FloKidMineCraft only looks good on small screens : )

    Some of the 64x64 (misa's is one of my favorites) and higher rez 128x128 and 256x256 texture packs actually do quite a bit to jazz things up a bit. They require a little bit of tweaking to get in place but nothing you can't learn to do in 5-10 minutes of forum reading.
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    NuclearShadow , April 9, 2011 5:25 PM
    It's certainly a fun game that deserves to be bought. I really do hope that money is used to produce future titles as well however. It's been quite sometime since we got a game with such charm and addictiveness.

    Also I used a 256x256 texture pack called LB_Photo_Realism_x256
    for those interested in finding one.
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    thebigt42 , April 10, 2011 3:28 AM
    FloKidMineCraft only looks good on small screens : )

    The major and undeniable success of minecraft is not about "looking good". It is all about game play. Great game play at a great price! "looking good" has been the whole problem with the gaming industry. I loved gaming much better on my Intellivision and my C64 because of the game play was so much better!
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    thebigt42 , April 10, 2011 3:30 AM
    jasonpwnsYou'll get more gameplay then some 50$ games... So 20$ is worth it.

    Ditto!!! We jumped in at the alpha stage...It great
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    eddieroolz , April 10, 2011 6:52 AM
    Good news. I just hope there'll be more to come until, and after November 11.

    I also wish they'll fix the issues with maps not containing newly introduced materials when carried over from old versions. Some of my friends that started in Alpha don't have Lapis Lazuli ores because it was generated a long time ago.
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    aaron88_7 , April 10, 2011 7:27 AM
    For months I had this confused with Minesweeper.

    I couldn't understand why the guy from Deadmau5 was so addicted to an ancient boring game haha

    Still haven't played it myself, I'll wait until there is a demo. Still can't figure out what exactly it is you do in the game.
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    bin1127 , April 11, 2011 5:35 AM
    i don't know... minecraft seems like a digital version of lego in reverse. you can be really creative and have a lot of fun but so can weeding your garden.
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