Minecraft enters beta, nears 850K units sold

Indie game sensation Minecraft has now entered ... beta. Consequently, the "pre-purchase" price has been raised from €9.95 to €14.95 ($19 and change). Once completed and "released," Minecraft will retail for €20 and -- if history is any indication -- will go on sale through Steam the following week for $5 (okay, maybe it'll be a month later).

This past weekend, in the last stretch of its alpha phase, Minecraft surpassed 800,000 unit sales, and the game is approaching 850K as you read this. At this rate, it could easily surpass the million-sold mark before Persson and company craft a gold master.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.