In a matter of weeks, the Minecraft Adventure Update will be out in full swing and Mojang will stop adding content to focus on bug fixes and polish before the game drops the “Beta” label and officially launches in full next month, just in time for MineCon.
As anxious players test the Minecraft 1.9 pre-release builds, Notch (Markus Persson) and Jeb (Jens Bergensten) are still adding as much content as possible to flesh out the game and its digital life big-time, with the surprise news today that Dragons are joining the blocky world of Minecraftia.
It began on Twitter this morning when Notch, creator of Minecraft and developer Mojang, tweeted out a screenshot of a very special creature they’re working on: a dragon. Not long after, a little album of images was released to showcase the winged best taking flying and although it has no textures at the moment, the idea of large dragon mobs in Minecraft is something for fans to be extremely excited about.
Take a look:
“And texturing this dragon is going to be.. interesting.. I’ll keep working on this way into this weekend, probably.”
With the 1.9 update also adding breeding and baby animals, can we expect baby dragons? Understandably, players are immediately asking whether or not they can fly the dragons as a mount (better than riding a pig) but Notch has not answered this yet.
With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim coming out on the same day and with Bethesda engaged in a legal battle against Mojang, how funny would it be if Notch advertised that in Minecraft, players can fly dragons with friends while in Skyrim, you cannot.
Jokes aside, the Dragon is great addition to the game and we expect epic loot to be dropped when hunting one down, perhaps items that can be used to create very strong enchanted weapons.
Minecraft exits beta status on November 11, 2011.
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