Things are heating up over at Team Mojang! Notch has been busy working on a new secret game currently known as “the Rex Kwon Do Project” and has left fellow coder Jeb in charge of getting Minecraft patch 1.8 out on time. Apparently September 8th was the initial target date for 1.8, and Jeb said a few days ago he was too busy for that to happen.
Just today on twitter Jeb said that “the new ‘good guess’ for a Beta 1.8 release date is 12th of September (this monday)” (source) Seemingly to keep on track with that new date, Jeb also mentioned that “Notch has taken a break from the secret project to help me with 1.8, he’s currently talking sarcastically to the monitor.” (source)
This information was validated when Notch admitted on his twitter feed that he “did spend some time on 1.8 today, specifically with the lighting code.” He did have one other important bit of info to say: “I do not know when @jeb is planning to release it or how.” (source) Not only does this prove that Notch really did hand off the Minecraft coding to Jeb, but that even he doesn’t know when 1.8 is going live.
Our current official and confirmed most-likely scenario is SEPTEMBER 12th! This is only four days behind the previous release date, so even if they have to delay it again, it should still be out before the end of next week!
Before yall go, one big warning to all Minecraft fans: They are planning on making mobs like cows and pigs stay dead once they are killed due to a new animal breeding and farming mechanic. This mechanic, as far as I know, is going live in patch 1.9, the second part of the adventure update. If they still keep the ‘animals stay dead’ bit in the adventure patch, be sure to stock up on leather, porkchops, and feathers if you will be needing them in the near future!
One would hope Notch would not let such a hampered addition to animals go in without a way to balance those numbers out, but long-time fans know how crazy things got last time a big change was added to the game back in October. I STILL don’t play my first world save due to all those nightmares…
-Update- Currently, the afternoon of September 12th, Jeb has announced the patch might be up tomorrow. We wrote a whole post about it right here with what is currently in an out of 1.8, and what will have to wait for 1.9.