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Inspired by the PC Gamer Minecraft diaries, Notch has confirmed on his blog that a special Hardcore mode will be implemented in Minecraft.

In Hardcore mode, dying is something you don't really want to happen, as you won't just respawn as normal - your entire world will be deleted too. The idea of digging out an entire underground fortress and then losing hours of work to a random Creeper feels me with dread, but it's bound to excite plenty of you mental people!

Notch will also be adding plenty of other new features over the coming months - listen to our podcast interview with the man himself to find out more.