The Future Of Minecraft Is You (and Your Mods)

Being a colossal smash and money printing machine, there's not much more that can be done to Minecraft to make it more successful. So it's good to hear it's developers aren't really trying.

Instead of continually adding new stuff to the game from their end, Mojang has decided that the future of the game lies in the thing that's made it so successful to date: its user-generated content.

To that end, the team tells PC Gamer that they're hard at work re-writing the bones of the game from almost the ground up, so that in the near future they can release an official editing suite for the game (currently creating and installing mods can be a little too tricky for the casual user). Mojang is also looking at hosting their own private servers, so small groups of everyday users can build their own persistent worlds and experiment.

If the game as it stands can already support working computers and games of Team Fortress 2, it'll be interesting to see what the masses can come up with once modding is made easier.

The Future of Minecraft: what lies ahead for the all-conquering sandbox game? [PC Gamer]


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    Not to start the hate train, but isn't this a massive cop out on preexisting commitments and promises made by Notch?

      Not really. Including a modding API was always in the long-term plans. I can't wait honestly, it's the perfect place for user generated content.

      Considering how Notch kinda left decisions for Minecraft in the hands of Jeb, I don't think Mojang (as a whole) is obligated to keep those commitments and promises left by the former head.

      I for one am all for the hate train. Mojang has flip flopped over native modding support for fucking close to a year now. This is bullshit. "There’s not much more that can be done to Minecraft to make it more successful." I beg to differ. What about actual combat? More enemies, first party texture packs, an overhauled design, more achievements, more items, more everything! People laud Notch with praise for copying a game and hitting a niche. What kind of intelligent developer makes a game in FUCKING JAVA?!

        inb4 javatards come defending their shitty language/platform.

          I don't think it's a shitty language at all. It's just not a language designed for writing games.

            I didn't think it had to be said but my comment is based around to context of gaming.

          Programming languages and platforms aren't sports teams. You don't have to childishly denigrate the ones that aren't your personal favorite.

        Indeed.. all the "promised" content that has yet to be delivered..

    Forge & MultiMc. makes modding a breeze.

    or feed the beast. a mod pack that actually has permissions.

    Just a casual observation (my 9yo has been playing this game consistently since he was 7) and it seems most of the updates of late have been implementing features only previously available in mods. So it appears that's where they're getting all their ideas from anyway!

    None of the new updates have been very exciting. Glad to see the 12th disk is (finally!) being added, but aside from that, nothing really exciting. That said, playing on my friends server could NOT be better.

    Not much more that can be done???
    How about fixing the millions of bugs that they keep ignoring, adding ligitimate ways to craft/find all the items in the game (rather then forcing people to hack/use creative mode for them), how about fixing the entire 'end' section of the game (so it not only makes sense but also works properly)?

    Adding native Mod support is hardly just some new thing that Mojang are doing because there's nothing else left, it was promised over a year ago (Hell it was supposed to be a launch feature in the 1.0 release version which IIRC was released around one year ago today, give or take a bit) but because Mojang decided releasing the patch at Minecon was more important then actually finishing the patch, it still isn't done (just like soooo many other things).

    Wonder if they'll make a sequel in a new engine and with a proper story?

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