You can definitely tell they're heading in the direction of heavy modding support. It's entirely possible that once they've got an ideal, supercustomizable game, they'll just chill and let modders do all the work for the rest of the game's lifespan.
The community won't die soon, saying that though, five years is a LONG time for a game. What's wrong with 1.4? inb4terrain
Some of the things are good, but the ones that aren't good suck. Food textures were changed to match Jeb's art style, but now food doesn't match the rest of the textures, the Wither is pretty much a terrible boss in every way except for the aspect, witches are not persistent and their huts look bad, and a few other things I haven't mentioned. Contrast this with the pre-1.8 beta updates where we got mostly good with only one or two bad things.
And yes, the terrain IS an important part. It wasn't introduced now, but we haven't gotten any terrain fixes yet and is in dire need of fixing.
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Did something happen to you in your childhood to give you this unreasonable fear of rutabaga?
Seriously though, I don't know. When I heard about the oculus-rift the first game that sprang to mind was minecraft so that might be there. Minecraft on the xbox might actually catch up with minecraft on the pc and be updated at the same time, but that's a big maybe. However I can't predict what they'll have added in five years at all. One big thing about minecraft is that no one aspect is very big, that's what mods are for. So if they don't make things like potions or enchanting very much larger then they'll have to keep adding new features, and I haven't the slightest clue what'd they'd be given the most recent update.
To be honest, at this rate (having a new, relatively big update every 2 months), the game might end up like Runescape because it'll change too much over a really short period of time and most of the old players won't like it. That all depends on what they add though, but there's a possibility if they don't think things through first. 5 years is a long time, anything can happen really.
I imagine 5 years from now; someone will have replicated the game engine and recreated the game using really nice graphics and more features. It'll be more or less the same game, but it would be made by a different developer; and all the minecraft players will migrate over to the new game.