Mega indie hit Minecraft has finally received an official release date, with Mojang, its developer, confirming that the game will get out of its current beta stage on November 11 of this year.
Minecraft, in case you haven't been following the PC independent game scene, is a rags-to-riches story, being the brainchild of Markus "Notch" Persson, that started out as a small side project but was quickly catapulted into mainstream gaming culture through its addictive mechanics.
After announcing earlier this week that the game has already made around $33 million in sales
, despite still being in beta stage, Notch has now revealed the official release date of the full pledged Minecraft.
According to a post on his blog, the developer says that we can expect the complete version of Minecraft to appear on November 11, 2011, even if it's going to be a bit difficult, considering the scale of the Minecraft project.
“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 dev notes.
“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,” he goes on to say.
Minecraft was, for quite a long time, in alpha stage, and only entered the beta one
in December of last year.
This didn't stop people from downloading the indie game and using the tools available to create their own virtual worlds.
The release date set by Mojang is quite bold, as that will also be the day when Bethesda launches The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, its newest role-playing game.
Are you awaiting the final release of Minecraft or did you already purchase it while it wasn't complete?