December 20th is due to be the first day of the Minecraft beta. With this next step will come a fresh coat of polish and a stronger focus on content. The inclusion of a narrative, non-intrusive of course, is also slated along with goals to work towards later in the game. Modders will also have a more stable API to work with. Check out the dev blog for the whole rundown.
For anyone out there looking to try their hand at block creation and destruction, the price of the beta will rise to 14.95 EURO. The promise of all future updates for the price of free will also be no more. Until December 20th, however, you can still get in on that deal.
Act now! If that’s what you want…I guess.