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Breaking News - Modding API Updates!


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#1

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

Jeb, Dinnerbone, Grum, and EvilSeph have been discussing the upcoming Mod API in detail!  This is only a small look at the massive amount of information provided about the Mod API, so let's dive right in!

API Questions:
  • Will mods have the ability to modify text?
Mods can have config files that, when initialized, will be able to dynamically print text in a variety of ways.
  • Will mods like Optifine (which modify the engine directly) be supported?
The API will eliminate the need to write to the engine directly, allowing modifications that affect the game (as any mod will), without altering the game code itself.  Among other things, this will greatly simplify mod installation.
  • Can vanilla block behavior be modified?
Yes.
  • Will there be official community resources (tutorials, forums, etc) for modders?
Yes.
  • How will mods be distributed by modders, and downloaded by players?
Players will be able to download mods from the game client itself.
  • Will the API be able to add new mobs to the game through mods?
Yes.  Additionally, it will be possible to modify animated blocks (water, lava) as well as custom animated blocks.
  • Will the API be like Bukkit (an outside resource)?
No, the API will be integrated into the vanilla game, hopefully bypassing the need for exernal APIs.
  • Will client-only mods be supported by the API?
Not at this time, but as the biggest client-only modifications are already covered (texture packs, splash screen text etc), it didn't seem necessary.
  • Will the API remove the issue of mods being rendered inoperable when the game updates?
It is a target we want to hit for certain, but it won't really have that capability at launch, we don't believe.
  • Will mods need to be re-written from the ground up with the API's release?
While mods will need to be changed to accommodate the API, total overhauls shouldn't be necessary.  Even if a mod requires an overhaul for the API, it would only be a one-time occurrance.
  • Will there be any sort of content filter?
By and large, the community will police its own mods as it does now, but we are working to put a system in place to prevent malicious mods from being distributed.
  • What can be modified in the game using the API?
Everything.
  • Can the physics be modded?
Yes.
  • Will the API be on the XBOX or Pocket Edition?
Not by us, but you can ask the developers of each game, respectively.

Minecraft Questions:
  • Will mods like Optifine be added to vanilla?
Something even better.  Overall, the game engine is being simplified, taking most of the load off of the client, and having the server doing the heavy work, greatly improving SMP.
Smoothstone stairs are not planned.
No new mobs are planned.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

Wow, January? I was expecting a much later date, but now I'm excited. :D

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

Finally they gave an answer :D

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

I am way too excited. Finally, it's coming!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:50 PM

That's actually all well and good, but the question is, will Mojang actually be able to deliver?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:50 PM

Stoked about this! Keep up the excellent work my friends - Minecraft has come a long way since the alpha days :D

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Finally. I wonder if it will be possible to connect to a modded server without installing the mod on the client...
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#8

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

is there any other source for this information, like a video of the talk? the gamespot guys didn't stream it, they rather streamed the minecraft documentary talk

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

Awesome !

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#10

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

Only thing I'm feared about is the fact that they are simplifying the game engine. When the did that to the terrain generation, bad things happened.

Aren't contractions just amazing?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

I bet April-May. 1.6 probably ^^

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:59 PM

We all know mod api isnt coming.........

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

Glad they finally kept us updated.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

[quote name='Hunter0697' timestamp='1353848382' post='19343672']
We all know mod api isnt coming.........
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[quote name='_Shizz0_' timestamp='1353848259' post='19343654']
I bet April-May. 1.6 probably ^^
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You don't say.

[quote name='ImDeadOnIdeas' timestamp='1353848211' post='19343642']
Only thing I'm feared about is the fact that they are simplifying the game engine. When the did that to the terrain generation, bad things happened.
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Ah. You know, when dinnerbone is bored...

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

No smoothstone stairs? *rage*

But seriously, I'm really looking forward to the next update. I hope they are able to make the API as good as they say...

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

is their a video somewhere? i didnt catch the stream?
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

Yaaaaay! Now all we need is an actual cool terrain generator. No, I don't want Pre-Beta 1.8 gen back, I want something BETTER. Pre-1.8 was pretty darn good. Massive mountains and cliffs, huge plains of flat land,  big floating islands and cool beaches!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:46 PM

This is great! Finally news!
Although I think Jan. 2013 is a bit early, maybe February/March?
I would rather wait for this to be complete.
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Yaaaaay! Now all we need is an actual cool terrain generator. No, I don't want Pre-Beta 1.8 gen back, I want something BETTER. Pre-1.8 was pretty darn good. Massive mountains and cliffs, huge plains of flat land,  big floating islands and cool beaches!
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If they implemented Biomes o' Plenty / Extra Biomes XL, I would be very very happy.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Best update lately for me.

AWW YEAH MOD API
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

No client side mods...?


[quote name='ImDeadOnIdeas' timestamp='1353848211' post='19343642']
Only thing I'm feared about is the fact that they are simplifying the game engine. When the did that to the terrain generation, bad things happened.
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Simplifying the game engine is kind of a good thing, though. It will allow it to become more efficient. (which they explained directly.)
You probably won't even notice it (besides for better performance) when it happens, is the thing.