Minecraft is about to enter beta - and people have been paying 10 euro just to play the alpha game.
The game will be entering beta on December 20, and developer Markus "Notch" Persson is raising the price for people wanting to purchase the beta to 15 euro.
According to Persson, "With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we'll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we'd love all input we can get on this from the modders out there... We'll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates."
Persson says those who purchased the alpha won't have to pay the extra money, and they won't miss out on some good stuff: "Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, so if you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise. Buying the game during beta will include all updates up until release, of course, and bug patches will be free."
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