Mojang’s Jen Bergensten has said that future versions Minecraft will include consequences for players who kill the dim-witted villagers inhabiting the world.
Currently attacking the villagers has little effect – they’re knocked back but they don’t run or defend themselves – nor does it offer anything to gain, as they don’t drop items when they die. So, killing a villager is only an expression of wanton violence.
In a tweet, Bergensten said:
He offers no further hints as to what those consequences will be. Will your little Minecraft hands been marred with unwashable spots of blood? Will you be haunted by Minecraft-Marley’s ghost? Will you become the target of furies who chase you across the land in a recreation of a trilogy of Greek tragedies, ending in a trial for the sanctity ofyour very soul?Time will tell.