[Initial reporting done by Eli English]
Markus “Notch” Persson has recently announced what the future holds for Minecraft, stating he wants to, “Let players sign up as ‘mod developers’. This will require a license agreement, although there is no upfront cost. Further details on the announcement can be found below.
– (You only need one mod per team)
– Mod developers can download the source code from our SVN repository. As soon as we commit a change, it will be available to all mod developers, unobfuscated and uncensored.
– Mod developers get a unique certificate for signing their mods. This means players can see who made what mod and choose to trust individual developers. The cost of signing up makes sure only serious developers have access to this certificate.”
Notch further commented on the news stating, “In the long term, we hope this means people will do awesome new things with the Minecraft engine and play around with it. We want to buy and/or license good mods and/or total conversions and sell them ourselves. It’s possible we might have a mod marketplace for selling and buying mods that fans have written, or we might purchase and integrate nice mods that fit the main theme of Minecraft.”
You can also check out Notch’s blog for more details on his announcement.