"We picked November 11, with the unofficial tagline 'us too'," writes the game's creator, Markus "Notch" Persson on his official blog. "It's the same date as a few other games and movies, and the one I'm the most excited about is Skyrim, so that will be a nice reward for me if we actually manage to hit that date!"
Not that Minecraft hasn't been released already--we've been playing a working beta since December 2010. But you know, a version that developer Mojang can finally call...well...whatever you call a product you're already charging money for and supporting (according to the game's site, over 6 million people have registered the game to date, of which about 1.8 million have purchased it).
Persson's sort of notorious for claiming that "piracy is not theft." Which of course it is, but let's not get into that.
Question is, when November rolls around, do you want some more fantasy-styled horse armor, or a game that lets you create horse-traps from scratch?