Minecraft creator Marcus “notch” Persson announced over Twitter today that his game had sold 3 million copies. That's unprecedented for a game that still hasn't released a final build. Currently, the game is in beta version 1.7.3 and the final won't launch for another 98 days.
While sales continue to rise and fans eagerly await more content, Persson and the rest of his team at Mojang are working steadily on the 1.8 “Adventure” update. This update will add an experience system, a sinister new enemy, and the ability for players to claim land - though details on exactly how ownership will function are still murky.
Above: Image from the TalkRadar Minecraft server created by GR reader Cleanser247
After version 1.8, the dev team will gear up for Minecraft convention in November, when - after more than two years of development - the final build of the game will be released. The 3 million paid beta participants who pre-purchased the game for $14.95 will have access to the final version as well as any future updates without paying any upgrade fees, but users who wait until November to get the full version will have to pay a budget-busting $20.
Even though the beta will be ending soon, Perrson has said that he has no plans to stop working on Minecraft when it does.
Aug 5, 2011