Lord only knows what manner of many-tentacled beast Minecraft will be in the years to come, but right now the most anticipated change to The Game That Surprised The World is biomes. That there being a fancy-falutin' word for 'environments.' Well, multiple environments within the overarching game environment, to put it with crude specificity.
As the frankly gorgeous video below demonstrates, biomes are what will further cement Minecraft's status as an explorer's paradise. No one repeating climate or land-style any more, but instead huge, sprawling worlds full of different aesthetics, different weather, different flora and different fauna. Adventure! Beautiful, blocky adventure!
There'll be over 10 different varieties of biome in the game once this update lands (which should be this weekend, in the Halloween patch), with Notch yesterday describing them as
deserttundra." You can go ahead and put spaces in that yourself. No please, be my guest. I wouldn't want to get in the way.
Lovely music in that video, too. Good work, Mr C418.