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We had a board meeting today, which felt relatively grown up and mature. We had it at a nice asian restaurant, and there was food, drinks and coffee. Carl held a nice presentation, showing the progress of the company, and we discussed and voted about various details on where to go and what to do.

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We had a board meeting today, which felt relatively grown up and mature. We had it at a nice asian restaurant, and there was food, drinks and coffee. Carl held a nice presentation, showing the progress of the company, and we discussed and voted about various details on where to go and what to do. The most relevant parts for Minecraft is that we decided to bring in bug fixing into the development method in a more clear way so that people working customer support can add them as tasks for us, and that we finally set a release date for Minecraft.

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. 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. (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!

And, in case you want an update on Minecraft:

We've been working on finishing up Achievements and Statistics for 1.5, I ran into some issues with JSON, got frustrated, and added weather instead. Developing new features like that is what I enjoy doing the most, so I ended up covering a lot of ground.


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.
Once the stats are done and the weather has been tested through, we'll release 1.5. I'm guessing this will be next week. The piston mod might get added, but it will not be in time for 1.5.



(Development blog link)

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa

woo! release date!

though, Notch Time will likely come into play.

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Renay
Renay

that mod would be a great addition, can't wait to see the gates that are gonna be built with it

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kommandojoe
kommandojoe

More like cannons and other deadly war-contraptions! MWAHAHAHAHHAH! :)

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p0w3rs
p0w3rs

mom somebody is trying to make war!

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Captain_Romulus
Captain_Romulus

I already figured out how to make a TNT launching cannon with TNT Redstone and Obsidian derp derp

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CMDKeen
CMDKeen

Pistons allow for much cheaper and more compact cannons (more like lobbers, they use mechanical force to propel the shot).

Though, piston "cannons" have much shorter range.

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Garyn Dakari

They can just use people's mods in their game? I'm confused...

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MikeyDoom
MikeyDoom

Actually yes they can. They're using the better lighting mod already. It was in the 1.3 update as well as the sand stone mod. They take mods people make, and put them into the game if they think it's worth while.

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Garyn Dakari

Well yeah the CAN, but do they ask first? Or credit the modders? I didn't see crediting the better lighting mod, but I may have missed something.

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AssassinAlex18
AssassinAlex18

wasn't the new chunking system originally a mod?

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RussianLemon
RussianLemon

They did include credit for the lighting mod if i remember correctly, and they asked the maker of the piston mod if he wants to send it in so they can add it, and he said yes.

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MikeyDoom
MikeyDoom

He gives credit in the new update info. Like, "Implimented Better lighting mod by so and so." But I do think he asks first.

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Mik0112
Mik0112

Probably got permission.

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FlamingWaffle
FlamingWaffle

Anyone else feel the game is no where near a "finished" state? The thought of this game being "finished" this year just makes me feel iffy.

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AssassinAlex18
AssassinAlex18

Not until they add dragons.

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Akalonor
Akalonor

Skyrim is released on 11/11/11, I don't think I will be playing this,or even blinking for multiple days...

Hope to see the finished product though, Good luck ^^

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Jake@War
Jake@War

All I can say is... ohhhh yeah... -_- ;)

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DeltaForce95
DeltaForce95

the point of the whole piston hting is becuaseeeee?
I woulda thought the mo creatures mod would have been the first thing to go in

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Shardz
Shardz

I have been waiting for atmospheric and weather effects for what seems forever and I'm thrilled to see that feature come to Minecraft for the big win. Some will complain about it, sure, but if that feature is configurable then everyone wins.

I'm not sure about pistons and what that will bring other than the obvious, but how about a Glowstone Dust feature to justify the trouble for acquiring it? Actually, the entire Nether needs more love as there really isn't a reason to go there other than to pursue trouble and do daredevil stunts 500 feet above magma beds.

As for the Ghasts...I'd feel much more compelled to stop and kill a few if they either dropped something of unique value or created a massive world event upon their demise. But...one thing at a time I suppose.

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa

what about the fast travel aspect?

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Renay
Renay

yeah, but thats about it... the nether just isnt dangerous enough, we need a real reason to go there and it should be real dangerous

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Halfmoon
Halfmoon

I hope they start updating a lot then....

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Warner
Warner

Only heard about the piston mod today before this news update, nice to see that it's being added officially to the game already. :)

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kazumo
kazumo

Nice xDDDD

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ghostfig101
ghostfig101

I wonder if the rain will have any effect on torches I place outside?

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josemlopes
josemlopes

Sorry, I wont be playing Minecraft at Skyrim's release date.

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Theon
Theon

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So, basically, what Notch is saying is:
"Hey guys, I want to brand the game as finished, even though it's nowhere near completion, so I can demand MOAR money for it. I've been working on some petty weather effects and a completely useless achievment system; Oh, and NOW we're going to start cleaning out bugs. Also, I'm stealing this mod, because, clearly, I have forgotten how to create awesome things myself (ie. I can't be bothered)."

Sorry, but this does NOT make me exited.
Yes, that mod is cool, and I'm glad it's being added, but holy **** Notch; What was the point of making Mojang?

The only positive thing about an official release is that you're going to HAVE to finally release the modding tools with it.

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galdor
galdor

why so mad at notch all he does for you is make a great game and you complain (i mustn't rage)

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa

I agree. you know nothing about what is really happening in Minecraft. hell, it's a finished game RIGHT NOW. and he's adding some things we all want. many want weather and biomes. and achievements are cool.
as for bugs, can't argue.
but stealing mods? the mod creators SUBMITTED the mod TO mojang. they saw it as nice, and decided to add it in.

there is practically NO negatives here. hell, even AFTER release, he's said he will continue updating.

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edo3
edo3

Competing with Skyrim?

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Akalonor
Akalonor

This is nothing compared to Skyrim (besides being different genres) ^^ competition would be a horrible move.

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MarcusM
MarcusM

Well, as long as there isn't any native Skyrim Linux port, Minecraft has won in my case.

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42

I feel like such a chump for buying beta =(
I'm so afraid for one of these updates it'll finally be
okay you have to pay for the update now =(
I feel so dumb for not buying alpha
I didn't get my paycheck until the day after =/

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neronix17
neronix17

You had a long long time before then to buy it in Alpha...like me...who will always get free updates

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Rich_Zap
Rich_Zap

Love most of what the piston mod will offer, seems a very useful and adaptable addition. However it irks me a bit that it can push stone and harder materials, I would have preferred it if it could only push soft materials (gravel, sand, dirt). From what I have seen the only thing it can't push is obsidian at the moment.

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TheSuperNova
TheSuperNova

So beta buyers will have to pay for this update? or am I being ignorant.

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FlamingWaffle
FlamingWaffle

The only thing a beta-buyer may have to pay for will be updates AFTER the game is considered "out of beta".

So you won't have to pay for 1.5, or any update up until 11/11/11.

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Garyn Dakari

Not updates. Expansions and sequels. Updates will always be free.

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Kasumi Krystal
Kasumi Krystal

Is it a coincidence that 11/11/11 is the relasedate of a new Elder Scrolls V ?

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delarobe
delarobe

did u at least read the news?

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NGS616
NGS616

That's also my brothers birthday!

Good luck guys, you've done great things so far. Keep it up!

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lYl
lYl

Sweet! I was just thinking today that weather, mainly rain, would be a nice addition and...! Great game, great people...

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Pvt.Grif
Pvt.Grif

Piston mod would help with almost anything! maybe built all aroun the house to keep those creepers away!

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neronix17
neronix17

That would be a manual system though, and they only extend one block, and not quick enough to "throw" creepers away, they extend when they get power and retract when they lose power, still very handy though, 2 either side of an opening can be a high security door or water gate. So many possiblities!

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Kazanunda
Kazanunda

Pistons?! O.o We want Nether for multiplayer!

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neronix17
neronix17

That is server side, use bukkit server with the multiverse plugin and tah-dah multiplayer nether and other dimensions.

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Aquilia
Aquilia

Cannot wait for pistons! Should be awesome

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