Minecraft plans official release: 11/11/11

Well, it’s official. Minecraft is planning to move out of beta, to grow up and become a “real game”. Mark your calendars, the big day is November 11.

…that might be familiar to you – it’s 11/11/11 – the same release date as “a few other games and movies”, including the big one: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Developer Notch admits that this was actually an intentional decision – with Skyrim described as “a nice reward” if the team gets Minecraft finished in time.

To celebrate the announcement, Mojang have released this video, showing off improvements that will be featured in the upcoming 1.5 beta release.

The date was decided earlier this week at a Mojang board meeting (which involved food, drinks and coffee at a “nice Asian restaurant”). Notch explains on [surl=http://notch.tumblr.com/post/4423138657/11-11-11]his blog[/surl]:

It’s a bit tricky to really do a release for Minecraft as we keep updating it all the time. For one, the version we deem as the “full version” won’t be very different at all from what the game was like a week ago, and we’ll keep adding features after the release as well, so it’s really more of a milestone when we finally get rid of the Beta label, and some kind of goal for us to work towards.

So – really – other than a slight tweak to naming conventions, a potential price rise and the death of a thousand jokes, it sounds like the 12th of November 2011 will be just another day in the world of Minecraft. And that’s just how we like it.

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