Ten Years Later, A Rare Version Of Minecraft Was Rediscovered

Over ten years since its release, a rare early version of Minecraft was thought to be lost. Minecraft alpha 1.1.1 was released for the original Java Edition in September 2010 and was only available for around three hours. Now it's been discovered by gaming archivists.

There have been hundreds of versions of Minecraft throughout the years, and fans have meticulously saved and archived a lot of them for the sake preservation. One version, Alpha 1.1.1, or Seecret Saturday was thought to be lost. It introduced fishing rods and infiltrating into Minecraft. However, it was found to contain a game-breaking bug that made the screen completely gray. Version 1.1.2 was released within hours.

The whole story of its rediscovery was told on Twitter by the user @lunasorcery (via Kotaku), who discovered the lost alpha. As Luna describes that Alpha 1.1.1 became a viral phenomenon or even a holy grail in the Minecraft archiving Discord Omniarchive, and none of them had ever expected to find it.

Someone found one of Luna's old tweets and she was asked about it. She eventually discovered an archive of minecraft.jar that was on the same date as Alpha 1.1.1's release on September 18, 2010. Luna checked the file and confirmed that it was Alpha 1.1.1, which she then posted on Omniarchive and it exploded.

So I made a post on the Omniarchive server, and it would be an understatement to say that a few people noticed.

Based on the reactions the reality of the size of this find is begins to sink in. MINECRAFT SERVERS I feel like I'm shaking.