This is a big update for Minecraft fans. As everyone previously heard, Minecraft’s creator, Notch would release pistons, Adventure mode, a new lighting system, ravines, a new mob, and much more for Beta 1.7. However, the release is so large that it is nearly impossible to release on time, so Notch and his team at Mojang AB have improvised: by releasing only pistons and bug fixes in 1.7, then releasing 1.8 (eventually, as it’s not even close to being finished) with the rest of the desired additions that were supposed to be added to 1.7.
Also he mentioned the official release for a stable version of the game in November, as well as the first post-release update, which would take place after they’ve celebrated the launch, Notch says.
Don’t believe us? Check out Markus’ “The Word of Notch” blog post and the following excerpt:
After 1.8, we’ll have to start crunching for the full release in November. That includes finishing up the mod api, improving stability and performance, adding supporting features like friends lists and a proper server browser, integrating singleplayer and multiplayer, and most importantly fleshing out the gameplay.
The release date is almost certainly changed to sometime the week after 11/11/11, and we’re working hard on setting that up. We want to make a big spectacle out of the release where we involve fans and celebrate it properly.
Then we’ll rest for a few weeks. Then I’ll start working on the first post-release update. :D