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New "Realms" service aimed at parents and children will cost $10-15 per month; could end up bringing in more money than the game itself.

Minecraft developer Mojang has revealed plans for a subscription service called Minecraft Realms, according to a new report at Swedish news site it24 (translated by GamesIndustry International). Aimed at parents and children, the service will allow users to own a slice of the Minecraft world that friends can join free of charge, provided they own a copy of the game.

Pricing has not been finalized, but a subscription is expected to cost between $10 and $15 per month. The Minecraft Realms service comes as a response to inquiries from parents, according to Mojang CEO Carl Manneh.

"All we know is that there has been a great demand for this service," Manneh said. "We have never tried to sell anything to our gamers except the game itself and a little merchandise, so it'll be very interesting to see if the community will be prepared to pay for a service like this."

If the Minecraft Realms service does catch on, Manneh said he believes it will be a major revenue stream for Mojang, so much so that it could overtake sales of the game itself.

"But since we have about 10 million paying PC gamers and, soon, as many mobile gamers, there's definitely potential," he said. "And yes, if we look ahead, I do think [Realms will] be the biggest source of income in the future, and to bring in more money in total than the game itself."

If Minecraft Realms is widely supported, Manneh said Minecraft would become a "huge MMO; a really vast universe consisting of many very small worlds." He described this result as a "dream" the studio has had for a long time.

The PC version of Minecraft Realms is in private alpha, while a public beta is planned for this May. A version for Minecraft: Pocket Edition is also in the works, though it is "some way" behind its PC counterpart.

The entire Minecraft franchise has sold over 20 million units, with the PC version closing in on 10 million copies sold.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/minecraft-subscription-service-revealed-6405253



    

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Latest Minecraft update includes new ways to play with Redstone

The long-awaited 1.5 update for Minecraft, known as the Redstone update, has been released.

Players will automatically download the Redstone update the next time they run the game client. The main changes in the update involve various ways players can make use of Redstone, including daylight detectors that can trigger circuits depending on the time of day.

The game also tweaks texture packs and allows for animated textures.

Meanwhile, Mojang says it is already working on another update. "1.5.1 already is on its way," says the Mojang blog. "We plan to snapshot this tomorrow, and hopefully get it out as soon as possible."

The full changelog for Minecraft 1.5:

- Added Redstone Comparator (used in Redstone logic)
- Added Hopper (collects items and moves them to containers)
- Added Dropper (similar to Dispensers, but always drops the item)
- Added Activator Rail (activates TNT Minecarts)
- Added Daylight Sensor
- Added Trapped Chest
- Added Weighed Pressure Plate
- Added Block of Redstone
- Added Nether Brick (item)
- Added Nether Quartz and ore
- Added Block of Quartz, with half blocks and chiseled variants
- New command: /scoreboard
- New command: /effect
- Containers and mobs can have custom names
- Inventory management has been changed, for example you can drag-place items over slots
- Texture packs now have separate images for each block and item, and can have animations
- Nether Quartz Ore now spawns in the Nether
- Smooth lighting now has three settings (none, minimal, maximum)
- More detailed death messages
- Some hostile mobs now are harder in Hard difficulty
- Many, many, bug fixes
- Removed Herobrine

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/minecraft-15-update-goes-live-6405234



    

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Yeah this is a huge update. I've been watching the snapshots and I actually didn't play the pre-release for once... I thought the server thing was dumb, but if it's aimed at people who want a more family friendly experience, then I am all for it... you don't really see that on the web anymore.



Marucha said:
Yeah this is a huge update. I've been watching the snapshots and I actually didn't play the pre-release for once... I thought the server thing was dumb, but if it's aimed at people who want a more family friendly experience, then I am all for it... you don't really see that on the web anymore.


I might get into this game - my friends have been wanting me to get into it as well!



    

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Could be cool.  Would need to see what it brings to the table. Next up, need to check the update and fire up a new world.

Interesting to see Herobrine is removed once more.



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lol subscriptions being priced the same as WoW



I can't tell from the article but is the update for the 360 or the PC?



NobleTeam360 said:
I can't tell from the article but is the update for the 360 or the PC?

It's a PC update. Version 1.5 for the PC. The Pocket and 360 editions are still both a good ways behind the PC, but they'll get there.

As for the original posts, it's an interesting idea. Personally, I wouldn't pay that much for it, but one never knows. It could be interesting to see how an MMO style thing for Minecraft could actually work. So long as I get to keep my single player experience, I say more power to them.



Interesting idea, but I'm definitely not the target audience. Besides, I'm too busy with Feed The Beast...



NobleTeam360 said:
I can't tell from the article but is the update for the 360 or the PC?

PC version.  1.5 represent the state of Minecraft overall.  360 version is not even up to 1.0 yet I believe.

 

I do hope they come up with the API so user generated mods integrate seemlessly with Minecraft so I can play some mods on it.  I want more mobs/creatures and offering more stuff to find when exploring.  I play Minecraft as a master the world and survive game, rather than Legos.  I get my creative itch met elsewhere.