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Most of the basics of the game engine is in place, so it's time to flesh this game out into something more gamey. More content, more exploration, more things to do, and interesting combat! 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.

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Jul 6th, 2011

Most of the basics of the game engine is in place, so it's time to flesh this game out into something more gamey. More content, more exploration, more things to do, and interesting combat! 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.

We've got a list of some 40+ things we want to add to the game, some small, some big. Some huge. We've finished a fair number of the items, but there's still a significant amount of work left. While I can't reveal the date yet for various reasons, we do have a release date for the Adventure Update in mind, and we're hoping we'll be able to hit it.

Jens and I are keeping the exact contents of the update secret, but we do leak some information every now and then to keep people interested and to stop us from going insane. For the most immediate spoilers, you can follow us on Twitter (@notch and @jeb_), or on Google+ (+Markus Persson and +Jens Bergensten).

Here are a few of the things we've revealed so far:
+NPC villages
+Randomly generated dungeons
+New biome code
+Fully working Creative Mode (and individual admins can enter Creative Mode on a Survival Mode server if they choose)
+Critical hits
+More farming options

As soon as I can reveal the release date we're aiming for, I will!

Oh, and the modding support is happening, honest.

(Development blog link)

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architectts Jul 6 2011, 8:34pm says:

0o0 Oh meh gawd...I came.

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dadey60 Jul 6 2011, 8:37pm says:

can't wait to play 1.8 >.<

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TheSoldier Jul 6 2011, 8:40pm says:

SPRINTING!!!!!!!! WoOT!!! And more farming sounds great!

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Icedecknight Jul 6 2011, 8:48pm says:

I'm not a big Minecraft fanboy but I thought this was a really cool update, and Nice Logo!

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Juffe Jul 6 2011, 8:54pm says:

Sprinting sounds cool!

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Nicoreda Jul 6 2011, 8:54pm says:

"optimizations and code cleanups left to the core game before we can call it a full release." COOL !!!

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Garyn Dakari Jul 6 2011, 8:56pm says:

Mwahaha...Soon my plans will be complete...

No one will suspect the innocent farmer...

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Starkiller2356 Jul 6 2011, 9:02pm replied:

lol I'm scared.

I can barely wait for this update!!!!

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Zealot671 Jul 6 2011, 9:13pm replied:

i love how you call yourself an innocent farmer and your avatar is a goat or something

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MalekTaktak Jul 7 2011, 10:26am replied:

Can I use my shears on your avatar ?

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Garyn Dakari Jul 8 2011, 3:32am replied:

On Zinnia? She has wiry hair, not wool, so that might be difficult. Still, it can't be as difficult as the time I tried to dye her green...

Don't ask.

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SairenSA Jul 6 2011, 9:05pm says:

+Quests along with NPC's (Holds thumbs)

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xXMaNiAcXx Jul 6 2011, 9:08pm says:

Sprinting will be a quicker way to die by falling from a high place, not a good addition for me as I love high places in Minecraft :3

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GmansFan Jul 6 2011, 9:12pm replied:

Me too. I build around nature, especially high places.

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InsaneStorm Jul 6 2011, 9:50pm says:

Sprinting, At Last I can run away from those bloody Creepers before they Explode!

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9heads Jul 6 2011, 10:07pm says:

It's minelicious.

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TheBiolizard Jul 6 2011, 10:38pm replied:

so delicious!

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u-raptor Jul 6 2011, 10:10pm says:

"+Critical hits
+New biome code
Im in love :D

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Mr.Nuke Jul 6 2011, 10:30pm says:

can you at least give the month?

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TrashCan-Man23 Jul 6 2011, 10:45pm says:

Brb, need to change underwear. But really, this is awesome.

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Jay-Jay34 Jul 7 2011, 1:34am says:

Cannot wait!

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DillonBarba Jul 7 2011, 2:29am says:

just noticed that he is holding a sword and a torch in that logo, is that part of the update?
dual wielding?
torches that illuminate while holding them?


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silverfang22 Jul 7 2011, 2:53am says:

Not so sure about critical hits, I honestly don't see the point of them. Charging a bow shot while moving slower (would force) to /get/ a critical hit would be cool and would make rapid firing less necessary in some cases.

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Ravious Jul 7 2011, 3:08am says:

Finally some more game play. :)

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mljr1 Jul 7 2011, 4:08am says:


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AlekZanDer Jul 7 2011, 4:41am says:

I'm like *mouth wide opened*.

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Blue_Dust Jul 7 2011, 5:39am says:

I'm actually excited about the biome code more than i am about the dungeons.For some reason i wanna see the biomes being properly generated,like in real life.....The sprint is also great and new craftables sound awesome!

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Acetyl Jul 7 2011, 5:48am buried:


I really could care less about the adventure update. When are we gonna get native support for bitmapping, anistropy, anti-aliasing etc, eh notch? This is 2011, not 1999. Also parallax,normal maps, NATIVE HIGH RES TEXTURE SUPPORT? -sigh- Guess I'll just have to be satisfied with this..

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Blue_Dust Jul 7 2011, 10:16am replied:

This is minecraft.You're probably some new kid who thinks that all games have to be HD.Miencraft isn't graphics,it's gameplay.Ok,lets put up a game where you only have to press space once and complete the game but make it with ultra graphics.That game would suck!

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Acetyl Jul 7 2011, 7:30pm replied:

You don't understand what im saying, thats blatantly clear. Graphics influence gameplay in many senses. Anisttropy makes distant textures less fuzzy, antialiasing smoothes edges of blocks, mipmapping does similar thing with textures. Before you go spouting your malformed opinion, try understanding what im saying. I'm not some new punk, I remember when games were just a bunch of geometry-lacking sprites. Graphics dont make the game, but they sure as hell go a long ways towards complimenting it.

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macacos2 Jul 7 2011, 8:14pm replied:

The graphics are not bad. It's pretty organized and things are easy to identify, and unless you have a bad PC optimization isn't bad either.

The gameplay as it is now, however, is pretty bland and boring.

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ghost_rider Jul 8 2011, 3:05pm replied:

BLAND AND BORING? WHAT?! For me, minecraft is a nice reprieve from the hundreds of generic shooters that are out right now. I think minecraft is simply amazing! Its one of my favorite games, and definitely my favorite of its genre!

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tile Jul 7 2011, 11:12am replied:

if you play minecraft at least one time for 5 minutes you'll give less than a crap about the graphics. i don't even notice them anymore, it's all "that's cobblestone, and here is a tree" sort of thing.

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Acetyl Jul 7 2011, 7:31pm replied:

I'm not talking about graphics, as said above. I've played minecraft since early alpha. My points aren't about graphics, they're about proper rendering.

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Blue_Dust Jul 7 2011, 8:37pm replied:

Notch is focusing on making minecraft playable.Not requiring 20 GB of hard drive space to install it.Notch probably won't change minecraft.If you add HD textures and bumpmaps and remove the blocks it won't be minecraft..

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macacos2 Jul 7 2011, 10:08pm replied:

He's not talking about HD graphics. He's talking about better rendering.

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Acetyl Jul 8 2011, 3:58am replied:

Not once did I say I wanted him to remove blocks or replace vanilla textures with HD ones. Nor could minecraft ever possibly come to 20 gigs (yea yea, I know you're exaggerating on purpose). I don't know why you all think you should fight this so hard, worst case scenario bump mapping, spectral mapping, anti-aliasing etc become toggleable features and those that want them have them , those that don't, do not. Same with SUPPORT for hd textures, nobody is having anything forced on them. Hell, the javaw libraries support anti-aliasing natively, I have no idea why it isn't implemented.

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tile Jul 7 2011, 10:14pm replied:


it was obsolete.

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Cake_ Jul 9 2011, 5:17am replied:

He's making it in JAVA! NOT C++! It's insanely brilliant for a JAVA game!

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Acetyl Jul 15 2011, 7:40am replied:

Java mostly limits execution speed, not feature set.

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PedobearNED Jul 7 2011, 6:03am says:

you know what would sound even cooler? NORMAL MULTIPLAYER?

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Orac| Jul 7 2011, 7:08am says:

All he needs now is the Indiana Jones garb.

Brilliant list of additions.

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Hitelf Jul 7 2011, 7:10am says:

ME GUSTA this update

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Kamikazi[Uk] Jul 7 2011, 7:19am says:

Awesome :D the NPC villages sounds sweet to me :D.

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The_Silver Jul 7 2011, 7:53am says:

Epic win for Terraria! Fnally something made notch move his *** for a relevant update! :D Let's hope it will be really as awesome as he made us think! :P

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SteveZombie Jul 17 2011, 5:45pm replied:

What are you on.

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kazumo Jul 7 2011, 9:08am says:

I love it! Minecraft + Terraria = Awesomeness :X Notch I'm so glad you like Terraria!

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RainieRooth Jul 7 2011, 9:48am says:

I play Terraria 14 hours a day Minecraft 14 hours a day:3

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DillonBarba Jul 7 2011, 11:30am replied:

thats 28 hours in one day.

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TheConjurersTower Jul 7 2011, 11:41am replied:

LOL! :) good one

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Kizzycocoa Jul 7 2011, 12:54pm replied:

multitasking? :P

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