Mojang plans to build on the already vast Minecraft modding community with an announcement that developers will now be able to procure official licenses for making Minecraft mods.
Star of the independent PC game industry, Minecraft, a game which allows users to build any type of object, has already sold more than 1 million copies so far. Although these numbers are small compared to other major releases, MineCraft has developed an extremely devoted following.
Following Mojang’s announcement, developers will be able to procure licenses for creating mods for the game. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson said that the original plan was to charge developers a small fee for licensing the code but it was scraped due to player feedback.
Under the licensing deal, developers will be able to create official mods for the game but they won’t be allowed to charge a fee for them. The mods will be available on a free-to-use basis. Also, Minecraft will be able to incorporate some of the most popular mods into the existing game play.
“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,” creator Notch wrote on his blog
Minecraft players can build practically anything within the game. One player even built a functional 16-bit computer.