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Mojang have announced some pretty huge additions coming to Minecraft during MINECON and some of it sounds quite exciting!

With the Nether, they've announced three entirely new biomes so it's about to get bigger and more interesting. You might even be able to actually live there now, not that you want to right? I mean, it's basically Minecraft Hell isn't it? Anyway, the three new biomes are: Soulsand Valley - An area full of blue fog and blue flames (a new block) and massive fossils everywhere, Netherwart Forest Red - a very dense forest designed to make you lose your sense of direction and the Netherwart Forest Blue - it's like the Red version but with a unique atmosphere and blocks including the new Nether Fungi covering the ground.

Mojang also announced the Piglin Beast mob that will be running around the nether. It's a hostile pig with tusks, which you can breed as a source of food if you really are determined to live in the Nether.

They also renamed the Zombie Pigmen to Zombified Piglins and they're adding another hostile mob with the Piglins who are native to the Nether and build little fortifications for you to come across. They're not as friendly as villagers but if you wear Gold armour they might be open to some trading.

On top of that a new block, the Target Block was also announced for fans of Redstone. It emits a Redstone signal when you shoot it with an arrow, with the signal being stronger the closer your arrow hits to the bullseye.

If you want to see a bit of them in action, during MINECON Live 2019 they were shown off a little starting with the Target Block, Soulsand Valley and shortly after you also get a glimpse of Netherwart Forest Red:

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No date yet for the Nether update but it certainly sounds quite exciting!

Something that's coming perhaps a lot sooner is another update to Minecraft adding in Bees, Bee Nests and Hives, a Honey Bottle and a Honeycomb block which you can already find in their recently release snapshots.

Here's a quick shot I took earlier while playing with my new friends:

All that and more can be found in their official Minecon post.

I've actually started getting back into Minecraft myself, after burning out on it a few years ago due to playing far too much of it. A really great game to play with others and now my son is old enough to really appreciate it, having it supported on Linux and working well is awesome. Minecraft has changed so much over the years, it's actually a much nicer experience now. Glad to see Mojang still fully committed to the current cross-platform Java version.

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TheSHEEEP 30 September 2019 at 10:34 am UTC
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Are you ready?

Spoiler, click me
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I've had a small test of one of the recent snapshots and the bees are quite cute indeed.
I like that they added a mob that does a bit more than just "exist".


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 30 September 2019 at 10:36 am UTC
WorMzy 30 September 2019 at 10:39 am UTC
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Fuck yeah, bees!

Time to mjod in some mead.


(that was a pun)
Ehvis 30 September 2019 at 10:53 am UTC
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Yay! More ways for iAlwaysSin to die.
Dunc 30 September 2019 at 11:13 am UTC
Quotedesigned to make you lose your sense of direction
Oh, great. Like I don't do that already.

(Seriously though, it looks awesome.)
14 30 September 2019 at 1:26 pm UTC
Bees? Neat! I wonder when the update will come out.

It might be time to generate a new world. My kids and I have been playing on a world that, while upgraded over time, was originally created 6-7 years ago.
mahagr 30 September 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC
I was looking into buying Java edition, but saw that it doesn't have all the features and that they want to phase it out -- so ended up using Android version in my Linux box. It works just fine, except of I've not been able to get the sound to work even if I have the needed x86 libraries installed.
Chronarius 1 October 2019 at 7:17 am UTC
mahagrI was looking into buying Java edition, but saw that it doesn't have all the features and that they want to phase it out -- so ended up using Android version in my Linux box. It works just fine, except of I've not been able to get the sound to work even if I have the needed x86 libraries installed.

Which features are you missing in the Java Edition, and do you have a source for the phase out?

Hmmm... I can get the Windows 10 Bedrock Edition for free. Anyone tried it on Linux?
mahagr 1 October 2019 at 7:33 am UTC
ChronariusWhich features are you missing in the Java Edition, and do you have a source for the phase out?

Hmmm... I can get the Windows 10 Bedrock Edition for free. Anyone tried it on Linux?

Cross-platform multiplayer isn't working in Java edition. Where did you get the bedrock edition for free? I know it's installed in some Win 10 installations, but I think it is just demo version and you still need to pay to get the full version.
TheSHEEEP 1 October 2019 at 9:10 am UTC
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mahagrI was looking into buying Java edition, but saw that it doesn't have all the features and that they want to phase it out -- so ended up using Android version in my Linux box.

and do you have a source for the phase out?
There is no reliable source for that as this has been a community spook story since 2017 or so, fueled by one or two "Microsoft evil" articles IIRC.
Chronarius 1 October 2019 at 9:30 am UTC
mahagr
ChronariusWhich features are you missing in the Java Edition, and do you have a source for the phase out?

Hmmm... I can get the Windows 10 Bedrock Edition for free. Anyone tried it on Linux?

Cross-platform multiplayer isn't working in Java edition too. Where did you get the bedrock edition for free? I know it's installed in some Win 10 installations, but I think it is just demo version and you still need to pay to get the full version.

Cross-platform works pretty fine with Java Edition too. I can play together with friends from MacOS and Windows. Even with one lunatic which runs it on Solaris 11 xD. What doesn't work is playing together with between Java & Badrock Editions.

The free version for owner of the Java Edition is available here:
https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/2064007-minecraft-for-windows-10

Quote:"Players who purchased Minecraft: Java Edition before October 19th, 2018, can get this edition for free."

I'm just wondering if I still can play the Java Edition afterwards. Might test this with one of my helper/bot accounts first
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