Here we go. In an E3 roundup on his blog, Notch has announced that the upcoming 1.7 patch for Minecraft will be the 'Adventure Update', and will be the first step along the road of turning Minecraft into... well, an actual game.
Lest we forget, the Minecraft that we all know and love is still in beta, and is really only a test bed for everything that Notch has planned for it. More details after the jump.
Here's the announcement in all of its terse glory.
* We are working on Minecraft Beta 1.7, which I’m referring to as the “adventure update”. We’re keeping the details secret so people can get surprises. The idea with this update is to flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more. Assuming we like them in play testing, pistons are coming in 1.7.
I want it. I want it so bad. I think the only person who wants it more than me is John, and we've spent the morning huddling together in one of the parapets of Castle Shotgun like two lonesome, bald koalas, whispering endless nothings like "I'm sure it'll be good. It has to be good."
Even if this ends up being nothing more than adding some extra-tough monsters and a few trophies into the game, I'm sure every Minecraft player worth his or her salt should tremble at the prospect of building a kickass trophy room.
1.7 will bring the first bit of mod support to the game, too.
* We’re starting the modding support on a small scale with 1.7. We’ll be giving the source code out to a very VERY small group of people before the release of 1.7. We’ll use those experiences to work out the final details, then we’ll get the modding api out as soon as possible after 1.7 has been released.
You may have also heard last week that Minecraft is coming to the Xbox and Xperia Play. Notch has got some good news for PC gamers there, too.
I will be the game designer on both new Minecraft titles, but I won’t be involved in the programming as I’m focused on the PC version of Minecraft.
Hooray! Stick with us, Notch. We treat you right.