Minecraft Sells 500,000 Copies; Halloween Update Previewed

Minecraft has now sold over 500,000 copies, while still in its alpha phase. Beyond that, the game has registered almost 1.6 million users. This also means Mojang is enjoying around a 33% adoption rate for purchases compared to overall players.

Markus "Notch" Persson has also outlined the near and long-term development goals for the game in an interview with Develop. The first priority is to get "the multiplayer mode fully functioning," said Persson. "Once that's in place, I think there's a huge potential in competitive multiplayer modes like capture the flag and so on."

As for the single-player and co-op experience, Persson plans to add "some kind of overarching narrative to the game to drive the player forward and provide a sense of direction, and add many more new features, like monster towns and alchemy."

Finally, PC Gamer has previewed Minecraft's upcoming Halloween Update with new screenshots and video of The Slip, a Hellish-like sub-world, which players can travel to and teleport in and out of to travel large distances in the main world.

Here's a choice excerpt from the PC Gamer preview:

At this particular spot in the Slip, I don't run into any of its inhabitants. But later, I met my first Ghast: floating jellyfish that shoot fireballs at you. They're much, much bigger than I realised: several metres across by the looks of it. But they keep their distance and they're almost always floating in the air, so it's hard to judge. Sometimes it feels like they've changed size.

The rest of the preview along with screenshots and video can be found at PC Gamer. One of the videos exploring The Slip has been embedded below.

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    October 29, 2010 2:06 PM

    If fishing doesn't make it into the update like he advertised, I'm going to ask for a refund.

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      October 29, 2010 2:10 PM


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      October 29, 2010 2:14 PM

      And throw a few DoS' at the server while you're at it?

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      October 29, 2010 2:24 PM

      So what are you going to do if it does? Find something else to bitch about and also ask for a refund?

      This sense of gamer entitlement is really disgusting. Every time I see it, I'm going to have to say something.

      How much did you pay for the game? $10? How many hours have you spent with it?

      What the hell is it with us and how we bitch about everything?

      "The game is late!"
      "The game is too soon after the last one!"
      "The game dropped under 60 fps so the developers own me their first born!"

      Sorry about teeing off on you. This kind of thing just really pisses me off.

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