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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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sjr 19 July 2018 at 12:30 am UTC
buenaventuraIs this free or what? I never figured that out. My kids undoubtedly will be happy about this.

Not free but totally worth the $20 or whatever.
Dunc 19 July 2018 at 1:35 am UTC
Wow. I've been using the new launcher for so long (a year? more?) I didn't realise it still wasn't official on Linux until now. Not that I play it very often these days, but this update might be the thing to drag me back in. Uh-oh...

GustyGhostMojangMicrosoft 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.
I tinkered around with Minetest back when I only had the Xbox edition of Minecraft, but I took another look recently and it's come on leaps and bounds. The Mineclone game (a collection of mods, since Minetest itself is barely more than the basic engine) is within a stone's throw of the real thing, especially with a converted resource pack. Mobs are a bit too prolific and random - you end up with cows, pigs, and sheep all wandering around the same area - and even simple redstone circuits are pretty laggy, but I often forgot I wasn't playing Minecraft circa 1.0.0. The basic “feel”, which Minetest has missed by a mile up till now, is very nearly spot-on.
skinnyraf 19 July 2018 at 4:44 am UTC
I hope that the Bedrock Edition continues to have limited support for mods. Modding community is the main reason why the Java Edition still exists.
I can imagine that maintaining two so drastically different versions is quite expensive and Microsoft would prefer to stop development of the Java Edition. However, as long as modding and YouTube videos of heavily modded Minecraft are the main draw to Minecraft, we're safe.
QUASAR 19 July 2018 at 5:28 am UTC
sudo snap install minecraft


Mmm nop, old version....


Last edited by QUASAR at 19 July 2018 at 5:29 am UTC. Edited 2 times.
Blauer_Hunger 19 July 2018 at 8:33 am UTC
I don't like software which I have to install by hand. Packages are much nicer to handle and easier to update. That's why we have them.
Guppy 19 July 2018 at 8:35 am UTC
skinnyrafI hope that the Bedrock Edition continues to have limited support for mods. Modding community is the main reason why the Java Edition still exists.
I can imagine that maintaining two so drastically different versions is quite expensive and Microsoft would prefer to stop development of the Java Edition. However, as long as modding and YouTube videos of heavily modded Minecraft are the main draw to Minecraft, we're safe.

They stated a few times now that the java edition will only be community driven - of course they then done the exact opposite by moving at least one developer from bedrock to java.

Current conspiracy theories are that they are trying to bring the two versions enough in line that switching to bedrock wont be much of an issue for vanilla players, and at that point abandon the java version.

Personally I prefer bedrock for two reasons;

1) Bugs are concidered bugs, they aren't kept ingame just because some whiney youtuber has built his channel around the bug.
2) It's available on so many platforms, and yes that includes Linux even if unofficially ( Old: https://github.com/MCMrARM/mcpelauncher-linux , rewrite: https://github.com/minecraft-linux )
x_wing 19 July 2018 at 1:18 pm UTC
Guppy
skinnyrafI hope that the Bedrock Edition continues to have limited support for mods. Modding community is the main reason why the Java Edition still exists.
I can imagine that maintaining two so drastically different versions is quite expensive and Microsoft would prefer to stop development of the Java Edition. However, as long as modding and YouTube videos of heavily modded Minecraft are the main draw to Minecraft, we're safe.

They stated a few times now that the java edition will only be community driven - of course they then done the exact opposite by moving at least one developer from bedrock to java.

Current conspiracy theories are that they are trying to bring the two versions enough in line that switching to bedrock wont be much of an issue for vanilla players, and at that point abandon the java version.

Personally I prefer bedrock for two reasons;

1) Bugs are concidered bugs, they aren't kept ingame just because some whiney youtuber has built his channel around the bug.
2) It's available on so many platforms, and yes that includes Linux even if unofficially ( Old: https://github.com/MCMrARM/mcpelauncher-linux , rewrite: https://github.com/minecraft-linux )

I declare myself ignorant of this engine, but I don't like the supported OS list in their wiki: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Bedrock_Edition
Dunc 19 July 2018 at 2:07 pm UTC
x_wingI declare myself ignorant of this engine, but I don't like the supported OS list in their wiki: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Bedrock_Edition
I don't like the features list. The WinX version is the only one with all of them. What a surprise.

Nor do I like
Quoteall Bedrock editions of Minecraft use the title Minecraft with no subtitle.
So, basically, the Minecraft Notch wrote is now the “Java edition”, whilst all the other editions are now “Minecraft”. Note also that there's a list of “discontinued” platforms. You think we don't see what you're doing, Microsoft?
1xok 19 July 2018 at 4:24 pm UTC
Had a problem with the new launcher. OpenComputers machines were no longer persistent. That brought me back to the old one.
Kristian 19 July 2018 at 6:49 pm UTC
This is also from the Wiki:"The official name for the update, Better Together Update, or also known as "1.2" merges the bedrock platforms under one title - "Minecraft", reflecting the addition of cross-platform compatibility between the Pocket Edition (Android/iOS only), Windows 10 Edition, Xbox One Edition, Gear VR Edition, and the Nintendo Switch Edition.[5] It is unclear if or when the Apple TV Edition will be updated."
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