Xbox Live Arcade Minecraft starts with a Beta

Minecraft is coming to XBLA and Minecraft creators Markus "Notch" Persson and Daniel Kaplan want to take it a bit slow.

From [Gameinformer]

In an excellent interview with Develop, Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson and Daniel Kaplan shed new light on Minecraft's forthcoming launch on Xbox Live Arcade. Persson says "the way we’re going to do it is similar to how we did Minecraft on the PC. So we’ll do a beta version first or something like that and then try to get feedback – find out which parts are actually fun to do, what do you like doing when playing on the console as opposed to the PC. I think there will be a big overlap in terms of both console and PC players, and they can help us figure it out."

Kaplan added that mods will not be included in the Xbox 360 version, and updates will not be as fast due to the extensive testing that must be done to not "break the Xbox system." For more info on the Xbox 360, PC, and Android versions, check out Develop's interview.


Minecraft is at 1.7

Haven't visited your Minecraft world lately? Got bored making random things? No reason to boot up your world? Well now you do. Team Mojang has now updated Minecraft to 1.7 and now we have pistons!

Pistons may not sound like much to you at a glance, especially with how simple it looks but people have already done some incredibly creative things with it. My favorite is the transforming entrance.



Bethesda, Minecraft, EVE Online, League of Legends hacked

The group known as LulzSec has claimed to have hacked the sites of Bethesda, Minecraft, EVE Online.

Bethesda has confirmed that sites connected to the recently released game Brink have been hacked and that personal info such as emails and passwords have been compromised. No financial data was stored on them so heads up to all you Brink players, check your emails and change your passwords.

As for League of Legends, LulzSec has taken down the login servers.

Minecraft gets a release date!

Minecraft finally gets a release date! It feels weird that with all those hours I spent digging, it never occurred to me to ask the question "When does this game would actually be released?".

This was posted a while ago on Notch's blog:

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!

Oh, it is on! 11.11.11

MineCraft 1.4 Beta Is Out!

New MineCraft LogoA tweet from Minecraft developer notch saying that MineCraft Beta 1.4 is out Changelog below.

Minecraft Beta 1.4

* Added tameable wolves * Added cookies * Sleeping in a bed now resets your spawn position * New Minecraft logo * Holding shift while climbing will hang on to the ladder * Spiders will no longer trample crops * Lots and lots of infrastructure for Statistics lists and Achievements

While most of the code is written, statistics and achievements won’t show up until the next update. We didn’t quite have time to finish them this week, and didn’t want to delay the update longer.