The 1.7 patch for Train2Game forum user favourite Minecraft is named the adventure update in what appears to be a move towards adding goals to the cult indie game.
As previously reported by the Train2Game blog, Minecraft creator Notch suggested achievements might be introduced as a way of giving a narrative Game Design to the title. Writing on his blog, Notch says:
“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.”
He also added that Mojang will be adding modding support to Minecraft in the near future.
“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.”
As previously mentioned on the Train2Game blog, modding can potentially provide aspiring game developers with the hands on experience required to get into the games industry.
And in a recent Train2Game blog interview, Red Faction: Armageddon Lead Level Designer Jameson Durall also stressed the importance of modding for those who want to improve their skills.
If Minecraft modding becomes more widely available, it could be a dream for Train2Game students.
Notch also reveals the Xbox 360 and Xperia Play versions of Minecraft are both entirely new titles, which he’ll be working as a Game Designer on. He adds that he remains focused on the PC version of Minecraft.
For more information about Minecraft on the Xbox 360, see the Train2Game blog.
It’s worth remembering that despite still officially being in Beta, Minecraft has been downloaded over 2 million times.
So Train2Game, what do you want to see in the “adventure update”? Will it change the Game Design? And if given the opportunity, would you create Minecraft mods?
Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.
[Source: The Word of Notch]