Minecraft Releases 11/11/11

Be sure to make a wish at 11:11am as well. Hot on the heels of having revealed the existence of a large wad of cash sitting in their coffers, the development team behind Minecraft has finally decided on a release date: November 11, 2011. This would make it launch at the same planned release time of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Notch has admitted that the full release will not defer from the current beta version very much; it will mainly just involve removing the beta tag. Continued updates are still planned for after the full release however.

Meanwhile, some details have also emerged about the weather effects that will be added in Beta 1.5:

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.

Makes us wonder if they’ll throw in a lightening strike variable.

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