This November 11th Minecraft is finally released. On the same day as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has said that:
The version we deem as the “full version” won’t be very different at all from what the game was like a week ago, and we’ll keep adding features after the release as well, so it’s really more of a milestone when we finally get rid of the Beta label, and some kind of goal for us to work towards.
Next week the release of Minecraft patch 1.5 will offer achievements, stats and weather which should help increase the atmosphere.
Other things to look out for:
There’s periodic downfall (snow in snowy areas, rain in others, nothing in deserts) that make the sky darker, hides the sun, moon and stars, and makes everything wet. Ice grows back in cold regions, and snowfall covers the ground when it’s snowing. During rain/snow, there can be occasional thunderstorms with lightning. Wolves get wet in the rain. Crops will get watered.
All should add more fun to the overall experience.