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Notch Details Big Changes Coming To Minecraft

Today Notch shed some light on his plans for some upcoming Minecraft updates, which should keep fans of the game plenty excited.

According to Notch's blog, Mojang is currently working on two Minecraft updates. The first of those, Update 1.7, will add pistons, shears, and some minor bug fixes to the game and will be available "soon."  Update 1.8, also known as the adventure update, will pack a lot more changes aimed at making exploration and combat more rewarding. Here's the rundown from Notch:

"Already implemented [in 1.8] are new complex terrain features, at least one new mob, some interesting new combat mechanics, a new lighting engine, and some experimental new gameplay ideas. To come is more interesting farming, bigger incentives to explore, and NPC villages."

Notch says that the 1.8 update is still "a significant time away," and that after its release the team will start crunching for November's official release. As a Minecraft fan, I've got to say that all of 1.8's updates sound interesting, especially the new terrain features and combat mechanics. Better farming could also be cool too, and might just replace my fondness for Harvest Moon and Rune Factory if done right.

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