In a recent interview conducted between PC Gamer and Notch (the "mastermind" behind Minecraft), Notch tells the world that Minecraft will have a leveling and hunger system. Yesterday, Notch posted an image of a massive mountain on his Twitter feed. But that’s not all. Look closely at said image. See the bar that looks a bit like an XP bar? It is an XP bar, but it also brings something extra – permadeath. In a forthcoming update to Minecraft, not only will you be able to gain levels. You’ll lose your levelling progress if you die. “I’m a big roguelike fan,” explains Notch. “It’s really fun. The idea is that you level up really, really fast. You can grind away and level up fast if you want to, or you can just play as normal and level up that way. The longer you play, the bigger the risk of dying becomes. It’s the part that really works. If it feels like it’s too harsh, we might make it half or something like that. But the fact that you lose everything – you lose all your inventory anyways.”[/p] Source Nice, making the game a little harder on the gamer, but more rewarding. I wonder if he'll lose his fanbase, though. Minecraft was loved for being simple.