Markus "Notch" Persson, founder of Mojang Games and creator of popular title, Minecraft, has announced via his blog the official release date for the game.
It's been set as the 11th of November, 2011. Persson goes on to explain that "It's the same date as a few other games and moves, and the one I'm most excited about is Skyrim, so that will be a nice reward for me if we actually manage to hit that date!
"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."
For the near future, the next major update (v1.5) will include weather, where events like snow and rain falling will happen periodically, which will have certain effects on the world.