Nightly Minecraft build releases planned

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 11 January 2011 02:20 GMT

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Minecraft creator Notch and his team spend a lot of time tinkering with effects that never feel the light of day, but if you’d like to see the bug-ridden, wildly experimental, occasionally disastrously game-breaking results, you’ll soon be welcome to a daily install of the very lastest build.

According to Notch’s blog, he’s planning to make regular nightly builds available in the near future. Players can install individual builds alongside their official releases.

The explanation for why the nightly builds are likely to be broken is in the same post; the team have decided to devote 50 percent of development time to the creation and implementation of new features, rather than just ironing out what already exists. Throwing in whole new gameplay mechanics isn’t the smoothest process to enact in a single afternoon.

Minecraft is very close to hitting one million sales, and is expected to release this year.

Thanks, RPS!

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