Beta here we come. Dec 20th.

Beta here we come. Dec 20th.

The next epoch is upon us! The skies are trembling, pigs are growing wings, and the nether is turning awfully cold, as Minecraft slowly crawls out of Alpha..

Minecraft will reach Beta status on December 20th, 2010.

With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we’ll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we’d love all input we can get on this from the modders out there. We’ll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates.

When the game enters beta, the price will rise to 14.95 Euro.

We will also change the license to remove the line that promises all future versions of the game for free. Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, soif you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise.
Buying the game during beta will include all updates up until release, of course, and bug patches will be free.

Soon, you will be able to buy gift codes for Minecraft, perfectly timed for the holidays! Even better, if you buy those before December 20, accounts created from these codes will count as alpha accounts, and will receive all future updates for free.

And the next game update (with server-side inventory) is coming next week, before Beta

Merry holidays happy! :D

Finally after long wait for all the alpha testers out their, Notch and his team are soon to release Beta for Minecraft. It will be handed out on December 20th, so mark those calendars!

For people who have bought Minecraft in the Alpha, will still have updates as he promised, however after so you will only get the reason version that are up-to-date and patches. Additions however won't be free. Overall though we are advancing slowly into Minecraft becoming more and more stable. What are your guy's thoughts on everything he is doing? What about new things you might want to see in beta or worked on more (besides SMP)?

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