Minetest Press Release, May 12, 2016

Minetest is a free (as in freedom as well as cost) voxel engine and universe similar to InfiniMiner and Minecraft® but with its own identity and goals. A new release, 0.4.14, will be made on May 16, 2016. This is the first major release since 0.4.13 on August 20, 2015.

Notable changes since the last major release include speedups, new debugging features, new features for “mod” (i.e., extension) writers, and new “mapgens”; i.e., new types of world generators.

One of the new world generators produces worlds with realistic rivers and valleys. Another does worlds based on fractals. The existing mgv7 world generator has also been improved; generated landscapes are richer and more varied.

Minetest isn't a clone of Minecraft®. Minetest is an open universe, as opposed to a commercial product, geared towards education and collaborative development. Both children and adults are learning to code by working on Minetest.

One key difference between the two projects is that Minetest encourages changes to the engine and the creation of extensions. Media -- artwork, sounds, and 3D models -- are open source as well and permissively licensed.

Minetest is available for Windows, OS X, GNU/Linux, Android, and FreeBSD, and is licensed under the LGPL 2.1 license. Official releases are completely free. “Ad-supported” or “shareware” copies are not official and may be disregarded.

For details related to the new release: http://tinyurl.com/est31-0414

For more information, see the Minetest website: http://www.minetest.net/

Press contact: Robert Kiraly, OldCoder, [email protected]

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