As Minecraft nears its 15th anniversary (feel old yet!?), the game is seeing some significant content updates coming soon and into 2024. Below, we’ll outline everything announced at today’s Minecraft Live event.
First up, the decision has been made as the latest Mob Vote revealed which penguin, armadillo, or crab will be brought into the game. It’s a fun way of interacting with fans and gamers, but it has been pointed out on several occasions that the community isn’t all that happy with having to eliminate two of these creatures. A single change.org petition topped several hundred thousand signatures weeks ago.
Star Wars fans will get their fill with a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Path of the Jedi DLC. “players advance from padawan to Jedi knight and showcase various gameplay features including lightsaber combat and using Force powers.” This will launch on November 7th.
Minecraft Education will release a new DLC to coincide with the launch of Planet Earth 3. The announcement says it will “continue to immerse players in the wonders of the natural world with the overarching message that everything in nature is connected and we, therefore, need to take care of our planet so it can take care of us.”
Minecraft Legends’ Principal Design Director Craig Leigh took to the stage to reveal some improvements, including petting animals, custom campaign and PVP modes, controls and UI shown on screen, pillars of light for waypoints, and improved pathfinding.
There will also be Lost Legends “Creeper Clash’ just in time for Halloween on October 19 and ‘Snow vs Snout’ in December.”
There will also be some changes and updates coming to Minecraft in 2024. Here’s what you can expect:
The Crafter. For the first time, automated crafting is coming to Minecraft. A new feature of particular interest for Redstone engineers, the Crafter also includes a unique intuitive UI to help players new to Redstone understand the feature’s mechanics.
Combat trial chambers. Procedurally generated structures underground, the new combat trial chambers present a unique challenge (including a new hostile mob!) for players to overcome.
Copper Bulb. These new light-emitting blocks are made from copper and, like other Copper blocks, can oxidize over time, be waxed, and scraped with an axe.
Trial Spawner. This new type of spawner will not spawn additional mobs for an extended period after it has spawned a specified target count of mobs, different than standard mob spawners. The spawner also rewards players by ejecting its loot.
The Breeze. The newest hostile mob added to Minecraft, the Breeze, is found in the Combat Trial Chambers, a challenge for players braving the chambers. The Breeze moves by jumping and shoots projectiles of wind energy that explode on impact, like how Blazes shoot fireballs. If it collides with a player or entity, it explodes immediately.
Minecraft also hit an incredible milestone this year, with lifetime sales of 300 million. This makes it the best-selling video game of all time.