Notch recently purchased a new home in Los Angeles, and while a good bit of buzz surrounds the price, reasoning, and so on, what I was waiting for finally came to pass - a Minecraft re-creation of the new home! Whipped together by Dan Bovey, this model home follows the original pretty well, with very few game-limiting exceptions. What do you think about the house?
David and Toby recap a rather exciting week in Minecraft news, with info on game updates, a brief look at Minecraft: Story Mode, a shiny new Windows launcher, and more. Have a great weekend!
Mojang is heading off for the winter holidays soon, but before they do, the 1.8.2 pre-release 1 was sent off on its way, right into your hands! This pre-release mainly focuses on fixes, squashing bugs, and some performance enhancements. Among the bugs fixed include mobs following players (as though hostile) in Spectator Mode, explosion force with directional bias, and some revisions to explosion physics that will, among other things, reduce how far explosions can send objects.
To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “pre-releases” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog). Easy!
Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8.2-pre1/minecraft_server.1.8.2-pre1.jar
Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker
WAIT WHAT, STORY MODE?
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
- Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
- The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
The stories are not meant to be Minecraft "canon" - sorry, no secret official history for Steve! - and are meant to be for entertainment only. Still, Telltale Games has a history of strong storytelling games, so it will be very exciting to see what they come up with!
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a stand-alone game, not integrated into Minecraft proper.
XBox Minecraft isn't far from an update now, and 4J Studios released a trailer teasing some of the new features! Horses are a welcome addition to the console fold, but what else awaits in the new update? Take a look!
There have been some preliminary tests for a Windows-based Minecraft launcher, and you can help test it out! What exactly is this launcher? Dinnerbone explains:Quote from Dinnerbone
Technically it's not a whole new launcher, it's just a native wrapping around what we have now. The ugly white loading screen at the start has gone, users no longer need to have Java installed (we'll maintain our own version of Java which we'll keep up to date and correct for your OS), and it should handle a whole bunch of failcases much better than before.
We will be creating this for both Windows and OSX, but we only have the Windows one for testing right now. We hope to get the OSX one for testing very early next year, which again will remove lots of current issues OSX users have getting the game (wrong java or no java). You'll notice I haven't said linux... we may or may not make a native one for linux later, we're just not sure if they need it. We're not dropping support for linux or anything crazy like that, they will still play fine as they do now.
A launcher without java dependencies is exciting indeed, eliminating many (if not all) java-based compatibility issues. Sweet!
A number of revisions have been made to the launcher, and it is ready for a new round of testing! If you would like to try it out yourself, you can get the launcher right here. If you have any feedback, bug reports, or anything at all you would like to say about the launcher, be sure to check out the launcher reddit thread!
Official Minecraft activities might be in a quiet period, but the community never stops! This week, Bebopvox brings us a load of goodies from the players, including a nice selection of texture packs, maps, and even a few videos. Enjoy!
The Minecraft movie that has been discussed for some time now has hit some unusual roadblocks. Warner Bros. - brought on to work on the Minecraft movie - has left the project, after Mojang rejected the script idea, saying it reminded them of the 80's film "The Goonies".
Shawn Levy - who was to direct the film - seemed a bit confused. "Because it's not a narrative game...we came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang." In the end, it wasn't what Mojang was after in a film, and the idea was turned down. At the moment, it is not known who (if anyone) will pick up the Minecraft movie banner, or what sort of story they will try to tell with it. Time will tell, as they say!
Looking for a holiday adventure map this season? Why not check out "Christmas: An Awakening", by DoubleUpGaming! What does it feature? Quite a lot, as it turns out! In addition to the adventure itself, the map comes with its own custom resource pack, with fully voiced narrative, as well as boss "wave" fights, slow-motion action sequences (what holiday would be complete without bullet time?), and even collectibles! Beyond that, I don't want to ruin the adventure for you, except to say that it's a lot of fun, and is definitely worth checking out!
Want to check it out? Click here for the adventure map thread!
David and Toby are figments of your imagination, with this week's news! The winter holidays are upon us, and they have updates galore. Enjoy your weekend!
Scrolls - Mojang's second game ever - just went live today, for PC, Mac, and Tablet! Scrolls is hardly anything like Minecraft, but it’s still super fun to play. Watch the trailer above for a look at what it's about! Also, be sure to check out Scrolls.com for news, info, and goodies, including how to get started (and how to beat the pants off of other players...).
In celebration, Mojang has given every single Minecrafter a Scrolls cape, for a short time only! These capes are temporary, but you don't need to complete any special actions to enjoy them. Be sure to log in and check out yours!