The Future of Minecraft

Have you ever considered the task of rebuilding a plane's engine while it is mid-flight? According to Mojang developer Nathan Adams, that is how it feels to keep Minecraft up to date. Bringing the server down for a patch is just not a possibility.

Minecraft is a seven-year-old game at this point, and Microsoft purchased it two years ago now. Trying to keep the game modern and push out new features has proven to be inhibited by the way the game is designed from the core. We've been promised an API since 2009, but two failed attempts and still no API 7 years later, fans are a bit skeptical of the collaboration with the creators of Forge. Hopefully, their past attempts and teaming up with Forge results in something everyone who loves Minecraft can rejoice about.

At its core, Minecraft has always been a heavily community-driven game. It will be very interesting to see how Mojang takes this into consideration when making their steps towards the future of the game. The many different versions of the game itself prove a particularly large hurdle, as there are many features not included across all of them. Saxs Persson, developer for the Pocket and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft, has a vision of complete compatibility across all versions of the game - Jave, console, and Windows 10. Pocket and Windows 10 editions already have cross-platform play. Beyond that, there isn't any concrete evidence that cross-platform play is something the community even wants.

Persson also seemed particularly excited about the role that VR is playing in Minecraft. VR has always been a bit of a sore subject, with pros and cons to each side of the topic. However, when coupled with Minecraft, it seems a bit out of place. Minecraft has always been a game that just about any machine still around today can run. Implementing one of the most demanding features a game can have just sounds like it's dying to be underutilized. Players who have been around for a while may remember Notch's previous bout with Oculus (when it was originally purchased by Facebook).

One of the next, large, new features Minecraft will receive is "add-ons". "Add-ons" will allow the ability to tweak behavior and stats for monsters, and eventually a wide range of modification options for all entities. This, coupled with the hopeful introduction of an API, should finally bring the community some things they have been asking for for many years. Hopefully the minds behind Minecraft can manage to keep the attention of their currently-loyal fans, as older, more OG fans of the game have since migrated onto different things, ushering in a new group of faces to take the reigns of the Minecraft community.

Oct 20 2016, 02:17 am
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Matthew Wiebke
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