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Minecraft's next update to include in-game mapping

Minecraft has had a very busy few weeks, releasing a major new update that added weather, stats and achievements to the hit sandbox game title. Oh, and the game reached its 2 million unit sale a few days ago. Now word comes that the game's main developer, Markus "Notch" Perrson, is working on the next update for Minecraft.

While the 1.6 update will contain bug fixes there will be a new feature; in-game mapping of your game world. "Notch" says, "It will be centered on the location where you craft it, and it will fill in as you explore the land. If you go outside the edges of the map, it will stop updating, so each map is of a specific area. (like real maps!)" You can zoom in and out of the map and if you make changed to the world the map will reflect that change. The map feature doesn't yet work in multiplayer but "Notch" stares, " ... that's my next task. The code I write to support that will also be possible to reuse in the future for things like books and notes written by players, and possibly even custom paintings/hand drawn signs." There's no word on when the 1.6 update on Minecraft will be released.

Minecraft 1.5 beta update released

If you can tear yourself away from playing Portal 2, you might be interested to know that developer Mojang has now released the 1.5 beta update for the hit indie sandbox game Minecraft via automatic download. This is a pretty major update as it adds the long awaited and much requested game achievements and statistics to the game. It also adds in-game weather such as rain, thunder and snow that can affect the environments.

In a few days Minecraft should have yet another big day. If its sales continue at their current pace it should reach the 2 million unit sales mark before the end of this week.

Minecraft 1.5 beta patch delayed until next week

Minecraft was supposed to have a major new update this week that would have added things like weather effects along with the long awaited in-game achievements and stats features. However players of the hit indie sanbox game will have to wait a little longer.

According to a post on his blog site, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Perrson states, "There's been significant feature creep ... so we don't have time to get it out this week. But next week!" One of the new features that will make it into the patch is one we like a lot; Notch writes " ... lightning hitting a pig will turn it into a zombie pigman."

Minecraft 1.4 beta update released

As promised, the 1.4 beta update for the hit sandbox game Minecraft has gone live via the game's auto-updater. The update has a number of new features, not the least of which is an updated logo for the game itself.

Other additions include adding very cute and cuddly wolves to the game's environment, the addition of bed that allow players to finally pick their own spawn points in the game. The infrastructure for added achievements and player stats to Minecraft has also been added to the game but the achievements and stats themselves won't actually show up until the next major update.

Next Minecraft beta update due this week; mod support next

Fans (and there are a lot of you out there) of the indie sandbox game Minecraft can finally look forward to a major new update sometime this week. In a post on his Twitter page, the game's creator Markus "Notch" Perrson announced, "The plan is to release 1.4 this week."

The 1.4 patch will include "a rather
ambitious statistics tracking and achievement system" according to a post on Notch's blog site. It will also include the previously announced addition of wolves (the cute kind) to the game as well as the ability to change your spawn point in the game. Beyond the 1.4 update Notch is looking to "spend soome time figuring out exactly what to do with the modding, which should result in a nice modding API."

Minecraft updates to include cute wolves

Minecraft's creators at Mojang have apparently been kicked out of their office due to some "manly men with powertools" but the team has been working from home on updates to the hit sandbox game in their homes. In an update on his blog, Minecraft creator Marcus "Notch" Persson gives some more info on what the team is currently working on.

One of them is the promised addition of achievements to Minecraft which Persson states, " ... will NOT be chores like 'cut down 10000 trees', but rather challenges like 'ride a pig off a cliff." And if you want to see something so cute you will burst, check out the trailer after the jump to see Minecraft's upcoming addition of wolves. They bounce around and everything.

Minecraft creator talks about possible upcoming games

Minecraft's creator Markus "Notch" Persson knows that the sales of his sandbox indie game are more than enough to allow him to make any future game he wants. While he continues development of Minecraft at his studio Mojang (the newly revealed game Scrolls is not primarily being made by Persson) he is already thinking about ideas of what his next game will be.

In a feature at Rock Paper Shotgun, Persson talks about those ideas which include a space trading simulation, a town sim game where, "You're just one character in the town, just living", and a football manager game with fantasy characters instead of humans (think Blood Bowl). Meanwhile the main development of Minecraft won't be completed until the end of 2011.

Minecraft achievements coming? Maybe

Minecraft, believe it or not, is still considered to be in its beta version even after all this time and more importantly after all of the sandbox game's sales. Since breaking the 1 million unit barrier on January 12, the game has sold over 400,000 more copies and shows no sign of slowing down. In a new chat with Gamasutra, Minecraft creator Markus Persson said that after the game went into beta last December he thought sales would slow down due to the price of the game going up by 25 percent.

But instead he states, "... it was like the opposite -- it went up from four to five thousand sales a day to ten thousand sales a day. It kind of went against everything that I'd be told by other developers." He also talks about adding more features to Minecraft including possibly achievements a la Steamworks. He states, "I've had the idea to make achievements kind of like the in-game questing. So you'd be able to see the first achievement in a tree of achievements, and you have to unlock the top ones first before you can unlock the ones further down."

Minecraft gets new 1.3 update

Minecraft hasn't had a big patch update in a little while but earlier today the hit indie sanbox game got one . The 1.3 update adds a number of new features and content include the previously announced "bed" support that will allow players to sleep in a bed during the game's nighttime cycle.

Other new additions to the game include a new lighting system, three new half-sized blocks and more. There's also a new game launcher that adds news updates, among other features Minecraft continues to defy expectations in terms of its popularity. It has now sold over 1.37 million copies, according to the game's stats page, and at the moment it is selling over 11,000 copies every 24 hours.

Minecraft to get content update next week; cool "TV commerical" video

Minecraft hasn't had a major update for a few weeks but next week the hit indie sandbox game will be getting such a patch. Rock Paper Shotgun reports that next week the game will add beds to the game world that can be used by players to get a good night's sleep during the game's night cycle. Next month another update will make the last bed your Minecraft character sleeps in its respawn point.

Meanwhile, have you ever wondered if the Minecraft team decided to make a TV commercial? We haven't either but someone has. You can check out the video after the jump.

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