Minecraft 1.3 Set for August 1, Mojang Says

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – After a long wait, a new version of the popular game Minecraft will become available August first, gaming company Mojang said today in a blog post.

Users may note big differences in gameplay. “Minecraft 1.3 consists of a huge number of changes, and some of them are changes to the fundamental game engine. The most dramatic change is that we’ve kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multi-player,” commented company game designer Jens Bergensten regarding the matter.

So why the switcheroo to more multiplayer functionality? Cited by Bergensten was the ability to help fix bugs across both platforms more easily. The game developer also noted the need for the update when “modding api.”

Other changes in version 1.3 include bug fixes, the ability to purchase from villagers, tripwire (new traps! Yay!), the ability to mine for magic orbs and others.

However, a new challenge is presented with 1.3 as resource requirements have been upped. Meanwhile, the company is saving some further changes for the next version (1.4) including one involving a prominent lighting issue.

Last month, a previous snapshot by Mojang indicated that the popular title was set for LAN compatibility. Since becoming available in 2009, Minecraft has gained significant popularity, most recently becoming available on the Xbox 360. The game itself allows users to survive in a 3D world by constructing shelters, guarding against monsters and gathering resources.