Some of the details about 1.8 are trickling in.
- Hunger. There's going to be a hunger bar.
- EXP: An EXP bar as well, with things apparently becoming more difficult as you level up.
- Permadeath. Wow, this is a big one. I'm really not keen on this, what with all the accidental deaths that can happen. Minecraft can be a very accident prone game, between falling down holes or ledges or getting blown up by creepers. I sure hope it can be toggled, especially on servers.