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Are you ready to breed an entire farm, and stuff them in a minecart roller-coaster? I hope so, because the 0.8.0 MCPE update is now live! It includes a pile of features:

FEATURES AND CHANGES:

  • Minecarts, rails, and powered rails!
  • The view distance has been massively increased. Check the options menu for more!
  • New textures and colours taken directly from the PC version
  • New blocks: carpets, more wood types, hay bales, iron bars, and more
  • New crops and food types, including beetroot, carrots, potatoes and pumpkins. Now you can cook new soups, pies, and more!
  • A bunch of new items for Creative and Survival, including clocks and compasses
  • More blocks and items to use in Creative Mode: including jungle wood, ice, bedrock, shears, dyes, and tall grass
  • New AI: mobs are now more intelligent and you can even breed your own animals
  • A new Creative Mode inventory with tabs
  • New functionality and tweaks to existing blocks and items. Bonemeal lets you grow new cool stuff!
  • Improved lighting and fog effects
  • Loads of bugs fixed, and possibly some added

You can get the update at the App Store, as well as Google Play. Have fun! Back to Top

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Interested in signing up for Pocket Edition beta testing on your Android device? Now is the time to start signing up for it! Mojang is looking for good beta testers, and you can apply!

Mojang said:

Today, we’re launching a beta for Minecraft Pocket Edition that’s open to anyone who’s bought the game through Google Play on an Android device. You’ll be able to help with testing and give feedback about new features in future versions of Pocket Edition.

To join the beta program, apply to the Minecraft PE Test Group and follow the instructions listed there. Your app will still be updated with the final version of Pocket Edition whether you’re in the beta or not, so don’t worry if you want to quit the beta later down the line.

While playing a beta release, it will not be compatible with current version of Pocket Edition. If you go from a beta version back to a final version, the world may be corrupted. Beta version worlds will always work with the final release.

We’re hoping to get the 0.8.0 version out before Christmas.

It's no secret that many players have been anxious to get their hands on an Android version of Pocket Edition, and the beta signup certainly points to a release on the popular handheld device in the near future. Awesome! Back to Top

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The 0.7.2 update for Minecraft - Pocket Edition is going live, even as we speak! The change-log isn't as bulky as they often are; however, the current design focus for MCPE seems to suggest a heavy leaning towards improving performance, and player-assisting enhancements that are specific to mobile platforms. In addition, Mojang is hard at work getting Realms in order for MCPE, so that players can share in their awesome portable builds, no matter where they are!

ADDITIONS:
  • Nametags for multiplayer
  • Player List
  • Chat will be easier to use

BUG FIXES:
  • Loading a world with a dot after the name now resolved
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Click here to update to 0.6.0 in iTunes!


The most recent patch for Minecraft Pocket Edition is now live!  Click on the image above, or visit iTunes (or the Android app store) to update your version now!  If it isn't currently available, give it a few hours, to account for regional distribution time differences.

What is new in 0.6.0?

  • Signs
  • Armor
    • Applying process is similar to smelting: choose from armour on the left and see a preview of the player on the right
  • Baby animals: Unclear how they are obtainable, as Breeding is not going to be added in 0.6.0
  • The Sky and Clouds (Appearance varies between fast and slow devices)
  • Improved D-pad
  • Design is more blocky and less rounded
  • When in flight mode, there is a "wing" icon on the jump button
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • Blocks:
    • Netherrack
    • Nether Brick
    • Block of Quartz
    • Chiseled Quartz Block
    • Pillar Quartz Block
    • Cracked Stone Brick (creative only)
    • Mossy Stone Brick (creative only)
    • Stone Cutter
    • Chiseled Sandstone
    • Smooth Sandstone
  • Stairs:
    • Nether Brick Stairs
    • Sandstone Stairs
    • Stone Brick Stairs
    • Quartz Stairs
  • Slabs:
    • Sandstone Slab
  • Items:
    • Nether Brick (item) (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
    • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
    • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
    • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity
  • Tweaks:
    • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
    • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
    • The fog and sky color have changed
    • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
    • Cows drop Leather
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t
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Minecraft - 9 Million Sales, and Counting
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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 9 million sales! Minecraft as a game continues to have a phenomenal level of success, with humble beginnings in the hands of Mojang founding member Markus "Notch" Persson, and growing over a period of years into one of the most successful indie game titles in gaming history. In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.4.7 - and future changes planned the game, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and all sorts of customization options, including the highly anticipated Redstone Update - Mojang continues to push the game to new heights, even as they get involved in the community, with everything from direct-feedback bug fixing to real-life renewal projects.



Pocket Edition Update 0.6.0 Now Submitted
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That's right, a new update for Pocket Edition was recently submitted! It can take up to a week before the update becomes available for iOS or Android, so don't worry if you don't get it right away! Some of the changes include:

New features:
  • Signs
  • Armor
  • Baby animals
  • Fancy clouds
  • Improved D-pad
  • Stonecutter for crafting stone blocks
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • New block types: Netherrack, Nether Brick, Block of Quartz with 2 variants (pillar and chiseled), mossy/cracked Smooth Stone Brick variants (creative only), chiseled/smooth Sandstone variants
  • New stairs: Nether Brick, Sandstone, Smooth Stone Brick, Quartz
  • New slabs: Sandstone
  • New item: Nether Brick (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
  • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
  • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
  • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity

    Tweaks:

  • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
  • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
  • The fog and sky color have changed
  • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
  • Cows drop Leather

    Bug fixes:

  • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t


Notice for Android users: Starting with this update, Minecraft Pocket Edition will require Android 2.3 or later. This means we no longer support Android 2.1 or 2.2, but you will still be able to play older versions of Minecraft Pocket Edition. Back to Top

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Back in December, Minecraft Pocket Edition passed the 5 million mark on sales - not even counting the crazy-high figures for the holidays themselves - and an update has been in the works for a first-quarter release.  So, what's in store for 0.5.1?  Jeb tweeted yesterday that the sand and gravel blocks in Pocket Edition will soon succumb to the effects of gravity, as it has on PC for some time.  Additionally, Pocket Edition will be seeing slabs, stairs, even new clouds on the horizon (pun totally intended).

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Pictured: Stairs, slabs, clouds aplenty


So what of certain land generation features, like caves?  They aren't coming any time soon, unfortunately, primarily owing to performance issues on handheld devices.  While they are not planned in the coming days, it has not yet been ruled out that caves may make an appearance in the future.  0.5.1 is expected to hit handhelds everywhere by sometime late January, or possibly early February.  Who knows what else lies in store between now and then?  We will keep you appraised! Back to Top

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Pocket Edition Updated to 0.5.0!

Yes, the 0.5.0 update has gone live!  All sorts of goodies came with this edition, including:

New features:
  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Melons
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Nether Reactor
  • Glowstone
Tweaks:
  • Restore hearts when sleeping in bed
  • Food now restores more health
  • Tweaked the fog to make the game less foggy
  • It is now easier to get out a bed
Bug fixes:
  • The game could crash when loading a saved game
  • Animals would sometimes never respawn in a map
  • Using an item could sometimes attack animals/players when not facing them
  • Spawning by a bed sometimes resulted in the player being several floors up from it
  • Seeds would drop below grass block when using the hoe
  • About 25 additional bug fixes

Dive right in, and enjoy the best version of Pocket Edition yet!

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Curse Client Seeking Beta Testers

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We're updating the Curse Client in the very near future to include a whole host of savegame management and backup tools, and would like your feedback!  If you would like to try these features before they go live, and have your voice heard for what features YOU want, click the link below, give it a try, and tell us what you think!  Your feedback will help shape features to be added, removed, and improved in the full release!


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Pre-Paid Cards Available in the US, Coming to Europe Later

As many of you know, pre-paid Minecraft Gift Cards are now available in the United States, and can be bought at Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy.  The reasons for getting them are many and varied, and they are especially useful for players who would buy the game, but might not have a credit card to do so.  They're only available in the U.S. right now.

For now, that is.

Carl Manneh has expressed that Europe will be Mojang's next priority for making Minecraft Gift Cards available!  That's right, our friends in Europe will be next on the list to get the gift of gift cards!  While no date has been set, Mojang is working hard to make them available as soon as possible.  We will keep you posted on any updates!

Pocket Edition 0.5.0 Update Submitted

A new update for Minecraft - Pocket Edition has been submitted, and there are a ton of features coming!  What sort of features?  Well:

New features:
  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Melons
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Nether Reactor
  • Glowstone

Tweaks:
  • Restore hearts when sleeping in bed
  • Food now restores more health
  • Tweaked the fog to make the game less foggy
  • It is now easier to get out a bed

Bug fixes:
  • The game could crash when loading a saved game [MCPE-442]
  • Animals would sometimes never respawn in a map [MCPE-272]
  • Using an item could sometimes attack animals/players when not facing them [MCPE-269]
  • Spawning by a bed sometimes resulted in the player being several floors up from it [MCPE-51]
  • Seeds would drop below grass block when using the hoe [MCPE-7]
  • About 25 additional bug fixes

Additionally, there are a huge pile of bug fixes coming, very exciting stuff!

We will let everyone know the moment the update becomes available for play - keep your eyes peeled!

Speaking of updates, the 1.4.4 pre-release is quickly approaching this week, so be sure not to miss it! Back to Top

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Player Skulls?

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Many things have been revealed in recent Snapshots, from a new monster, to decorative stone fences, and the awesome beacon block.  Something that's been drawing a lot of attention lately is decorative heads - such as the skeleton, creeper, and zombie - which can be placed like a sign, to gloat over victories achieved in combat.  Recently, Dinnerbone posted the picture above, strongly suggesting the possibility of player-dropped heads.

Will they fall in combat?  Can they only be added for adventure maps?  Time will tell.

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MCX360 1.8.2 Update on the Horizon

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4J Studios released this video, showing off a number of features in the upcoming 1.8.2 update.  Some of the included goodies are Endermen, Silverfish, and more.  Check out the video above for the awesome teaser!

1.8.2 does not currently have a known release date; however, 4J commented that they will let players know as soon as it is submitted.  Keep an eye out!

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Pocket Edition on Amazon?

Android owners will be pleased to know that they can now get Minecraft - Pocket Edition on Amazon!  Pocket Edition can be purchased from the online vendor at $6.99 USD, so if you haven't yet grabbed a portable copy of your favorite sandbox game, now is the time!

Pocket Edition continues to receive exciting updates of its own, having recently included creepers (among other things) in the ever-growing hand-held title.  What exciting developments await?  We will keep you posted.

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Minecraft Weekly News - Pie, Fishing XP & Customized Superflat Worlds!

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David and Toby give us the rundown of last week's events, including a solid look at last weeks Snapshot - give it a watch! Back to Top

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Yesterday, we said that Minecraft Pocket Edition would update today - and it is!  While it may not become available immediately in every region, it should be accessible in 24 hours or less.

So, what changes are we looking at today?  Well:

New features:
  • Chests to store items
  • Beds to skip night and setting your spawn point
  • Creepers!
  • TNT, and flint and steel to ignite
  • Food items added: apples, bread, mushroom soup, beef, chicken and pork
  • Added recipes: wool from string, green wool and stone bricks
  • Added a Peaceful Mode option for survival mode without monsters
  • Added wheat, seeds and hoe
  • Added moss stone, redstone ore and white wool to creative inventory
  • Added trap door
  • Red dye can be obtained by cooking red mushroom
  • Added several more dyes (combined from primary dyes)
  • Zombies now drop feathers

Tweaks:
  • Made the day longer
  • Limited the total number of a given monster type
  • When using an item, the player’s movement speed is decreased

Bug fixes:
  • Monsters could spawn indoors
  • Added fall damage for clients
  • Players could knock each other far away
  • Incorrect bow rendering in 3rd person view
  • Missing particles after critical arrows
  • Stairs reverted back to their basic blocks when destroyed
  • Charging the bow could destroy certain blocks (flowers, torches), or interact with blocks
  • The game crashed if player was killed while having the bow charged
  • Connecting players could die in creative mode
  • Dark leaves sometimes had workbench texture
  • Wrong crafting table size for Xperia Play
  • Bow didn’t take damage when used
  • Non-dark brown tree trunks are now added back to the game (you may need to start a new world as host)
  • Destroying a door could leave half a door
  • Missing spider death sound on iOS

Be sure to update your Pocket Edition client to see these changes, and have fun! Back to Top

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