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Notch sneaking, a function added in the final Seecret Update.
Notchface.png I think ill do a seecret update today! OooooOOOoo!
Notch[1]

The Seecret Updates were a series of ten updates released by Notch during the Infdev and Alpha development stages of Minecraft, often without announcement. They were named after the day of the week on which they were released: the first nine Seecret Friday Updates were released on Fridays from June 18 to September 10, 2010, and the tenth Seecret Saturday Update was released on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Seecret Updates usually included major new features: minecarts and boats, redstone, and sneaking were all introduced in these updates, along with a number of other significant features.

Notch sometimes announced or confirmed upcoming Seecret Updates on Twitter. On June 18, before the release of Seecret Friday Update 1, he tweeted that he was going to "do a seecret update".[1] On July 2, he announced that Seecret Friday Update 3 was coming that night.[2] On July 29, he tweeted that there was "a real chance I might forget to do the update",[3] in reference to Seecret Friday Update 7, released the next day. On September 2, he refused to do a "Seecret Monday Update", instead confirming that "the secret update will be on friday as.. er.. "normal"",[4] in reference to Seecret Friday 9, which he subsequently confirmed on September 9 and 10 would be coming later on the 10th.[5][6]

Seecret Updates were discontinued before the Halloween Update; Notch tweeted on October 7 that they were "postponed until we know what to do with them" and that he was "focusing on the Halloween update and lawyers".[7] The last mention of them on The Word of Notch was in a blog post made on September 24, where he wrote "I'd really like to do a Seecret Friday update, both to keep you guys happy and to actually get to do some programming myself, but I need to wind down",[8] and the last time he tweeted about them was on November 10, where he wrote "I liked the Friday updates, but Saturday fixes suck."[9]

Updates

Update Date Version Features
Friday 1[10] June 18, 2010 Infdev Minecart and rails
Friday 2[11] June 25, 2010 Infdev Dungeons, mob spawners and saddles
Friday 3[12] July 2, 2010 Alpha 1.0.1 Redstone ore, redstone, redstone torches, levers, buttons, wooden and stone pressure plates
Friday 4[13] July 9, 2010 Alpha 1.0.4 Winter Mode (Snowfall, snow and ice)
Friday 5[14] July 16, 2010 Alpha 1.0.6 Boats, cacti, large trees
Friday 6[15] July 23, 2010 Alpha 1.0.11 Sugar cane, paper, books, bookshelves, clay, clay blocks, brick, slimes, slimeballs, Milk
Friday 7[16] July 30, 2010 Alpha 1.0.14 Chickens, eggs, jukeboxes, music discs, minecarts with furnace and with chest
Friday 8[17] August 20, 2010 Alpha 1.0.17 Fences, spider jockeys and SMP updates
Friday 9[18] September 10, 2010 Alpha 1.1.0 Compass and server-side inventory
Saturday[19][20] September 18, 2010 Alpha 1.1.1 Sneaking, new paintings and fishing rod

Trivia

  • One of the splashes reads "Seecret Friday Update!".

References

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