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'Minecraft' to enter beta next week

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A still from the game 'Minecraft'
Minecraft will enter its beta stage next week, it has been announced.

Creator Markus Alexej Persson has confirmed that the collaborative multiplayer game will leave alpha status on December 20.

The change will see a price increase to €14.95 (£13 / $20) and will remove the licence that agrees to free updates to all future versions of the game.

"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," said Persson.

"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."

Earlier this year it was revealed that Persson was making $350k (£220k) a day from sales of the game.

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