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Minecraft's Update Aquatic is a huge update to the sandbox builder that's now out, it also brings the new launcher officially to Linux.

The new launcher has a slight text issue, hopefully one that will be solved sometime soon, but it's a vastly improved user experience over the older much uglier launcher. Now you simple download it, extract it and run the "launcher" file. No fuss required.

One of the Minecraft developers actually let me test the launcher early for them, so that was fun. They replied to me again today, to note that they're working on the update mechanics to be able to push smaller updates out more frequently, so small text issues like that can be solved more quickly.

As for the actual content available in this update, it's freaking huge! The ocean got a massive overhaul, along with tons of new aquatic life and other new blocks like: coral, sea pickles, bubble columns, blue ice found from icebergs, tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, a new hostile mob called "the Drowned" which can spawn with a trident, cod, salmon, and pufferfish and so on.

There's also a new swimming animation, underwater ambience sounds, three new pieces of music, your vision will gradually increase the longer you're underwater and so much more!

Full changelog here. Good stuff from Mojang.

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buenaventura 18 July 2018 at 8:52 pm UTC
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Is this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
liamdawe 18 July 2018 at 8:54 pm UTC
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.
buenaventura 18 July 2018 at 9:30 pm UTC
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liamdawe
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.

OK, but there is one version that is? When I installed ArchLabs, it offered to install minecraft for me, I didnt say yes, but I got to thinking... Is there a free version or what?
14 18 July 2018 at 9:31 pm UTC
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buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.
I'd assume that the update is free, but the game itself is not free.

And yeah, my kids will be really excited when I tell them about this... and it'll be a little bit of work for me to update my server and their clients & mods.


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14 18 July 2018 at 9:32 pm UTC
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liamdawe
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.

OK, but there is one version that is? When I installed ArchLabs, it offered to install minecraft for me, I didnt say yes, but I got to thinking... Is there a free version or what?
You have to log in with a Minecraft account to play.
Salvatos 18 July 2018 at 9:40 pm UTC
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liamdawe
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.

OK, but there is one version that is? When I installed ArchLabs, it offered to install minecraft for me, I didnt say yes, but I got to thinking... Is there a free version or what?
Curious. Could be related to this git issue from March 2017 but the link it cites is essentially dead, so I don't know.

There's a free and open source clone, though, called Minetest. Always sounds like the name of a test server to me, but anyway.
razing32 18 July 2018 at 9:44 pm UTC
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liamdawe
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.

OK, but there is one version that is? When I installed ArchLabs, it offered to install minecraft for me, I didnt say yes, but I got to thinking... Is there a free version or what?

Minecraft in its current state is not free.
There might be an older free version. I know for a fact the Raspberi pi has a version of minecraft for free. So something more basic might be available.

If you want a similar experience for free , try Minetest and use Samsai's mods. They add some extra elements and mobs.
GustyGhost 18 July 2018 at 10:22 pm UTC
MojangMicrosoft have so far been unexpectedly supportive of non-Windows platforms with Minecraft. That said, I would still encourage any Linux gamer looking for a voxel block games to give Minetest a try.
ericek111 18 July 2018 at 10:55 pm UTC
If that is the case, I finally might buy the game after playing it for 7 years.
pb 18 July 2018 at 11:07 pm UTC
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liamdawe
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.
No it's not free.

OK, but there is one version that is? When I installed ArchLabs, it offered to install minecraft for me, I didnt say yes, but I got to thinking... Is there a free version or what?

You can install the launcher and then the game, and you can play it for 100 minutes without the ability to save (but then you can start from scratch and play for another 100 minutes). So that might be enough fun for the kids. When you buy the game, you can play for as long as you want and of course your world will persist between sessions.

You can also try Minetest, which is not as advanced but equally fun, and totally free. The tutorial "world" is pretty cool, explaining all the features and even contains two types of collectibles, my kids really enjoyed it.
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