If you thought Notch and the development team was done with the Minecraft Update 1.9 pre-releases, think again. Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten announced today that while they "are not ready for a 'release candidate' yet, there will be a pre-release 5."
Minecraft last left off with pre-release version 4 of the 1.9 update. Version 4 featured lunuar phases, an un-finished End Dimension, and much more. Shortly after, Notch issued a "code freeze" where the dev team would focus on fixing bugs. It looks like that's still the team's main focus as Jens confirmed, "We've mainly worked on bug fixing since pre-4."
Lately, there hasn't been many updates from the usually open creator Markus "Notch" Persson, but today he finally spoke. "There isn't a lot of interesting Minecraft news these days because of the feature freeze, so I will just say one thing: egg." Of course, he later clarified he was refering to Ender dragon eggs, which could be one of the new features introduced in Update 1.9 pre-release 5. He's also been working on the Ender dragon death animation which he confirmed was his favorite when asked what "his favorite optimization/bugfix/improvement since the feature freeze" was.
Despite Notch's feelings that Minecraft hasn't received enough news, there has been plenty of Minecraft talk since the code freeze, just not about the PC version. As we all know, the "full" PC version of Minecraft is scheduled for it's official launch in November during Minecon. In the meantime, we've also learned that Minecraft is coming to Xbox Live Arcade sometime in Spring 2012 and that Minecon will have a playable demo of the Xbox 360 version – as well as Kinect functionality. We've also learned that Mojang's other game, Scrolls, will have a playable demo as well.
While Minecraft PC has kind of been on the backburner of news, it's comforting to know that the developers haven't completely ignored it since the code freeze. In fact, it appears as if Notch has more ideas for Minecraft after the official release. "The closer we get to release, the more new game ideas and feature ideas I come up with. Stressful and fun at the same time," Notch revealed on his Twitter. I wonder what else Notch possibly has in store for players.
***Update*** Since this announcement they have released the official Update 1.9 Version 5 patch. Check out the details here. ***