Some Minecraft fans were left feeling a little disappointed earlier this month, when they discovered that the 1.7 patch wasn’t the much-anticipated ‘Adventure Update’ that they had been waiting for. The game’s creator –Markus “Notch” Persson then told them that the ‘Adventure Update’ would in fact be included in version 1.8 instead.
However, there was no word at that stage on how long fans would actually have to wait until the Minecraft 1.8 update is released. We do have a bit of good news for Minecraft fans now however, as according to an article over at accelerated-ideas.com, Notch has recently provided a hint as to when we could see the 1.8 ‘Adventure Update’ released.
Notch took to his Twitter account at the beginning of this week, to inform his followers that the much-awaited ‘Adventure Update’ would in fact be playable at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) 2011 between August 26th and August 28th. At the same time he revealed that a beta release for Minecraft version 1.8 would be launched shortly after.
This of course means that we could see the 1.8 Adventure Update arriving in early September. For those that don’t know, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a semi-annual gaming festival – which has been going for more than 7 years now -that takes place in Seattle and Boston, and features game panels, keynote speeches and exhibitor booths.
The 1.8 ‘Adventure Update’ not only makes some major changes to the way the Minecraft game – which as we mentioned in a previous article has been nominated for 6 awards at this year’s European Games Awards – is played, it also brings some brand new features. This includes a greater emphasis on exploration, new mobs and NPC Villages.
The guys over at IGN asked Markus Persson a number of interesting questions regarding the Minecraft game via email recently and according to Charles Onyett, the game’s creator kindly answered them. Well most of them anyway!! One of the questions they asked was whether or not a console version was on their mind when they first started out on Minecraft.
Persson said that the idea of a console port didn’t come to them until quite late in the project. Although Notch was also asked whether there was a possibility we would see the Minecraft game come to the PlayStation 3 or even the Nintendo Wii U in the future, he replied by saying that he had been instructed not to answer that question.
You can read the full Q&A via the IGN website. Are you looking forward to the arrival of the Minecraft 1.8 Adventure Update?