Summary of Goals
1)Improve the current swamp biome transitions.
This can be done by editing the code of the overlay, or by getting rid of the overlay and inserting the new swamp coloration into the grasscolor.png. This would allow swamps to remain the color they are at present AND smooth the transitions.
2)Make the swamp overlay a png that can be edited with a texture pack.
This will not change the current color, if you like the swamps the way they are now. It will only allow us to change the color if we so desire using texture packs. There is no reason we should not be able to edit the overlay using a texture pack. None.
With the release of 1.8 came a new biome type, the swamp biome. This watery terrain where trees grew submerged in shallow pools and vines hung thick from leaves was, to many a minecrafter, very beautiful.
But then came the first 1.9 pre-release, and suddenly our magical swamps became dark and gloomy, like something out of Mordor. Not only that, but the borders did not blend at all with the normal minecraft world- the black grass of the swamps cut like a knife edge across the soft natural colors of the surrounding biomes. The eerie green water also left a jagged border through the smooth blue oceans.
When we first saw this sudden change, we grimaced and cringed, but faithfully continued to believe that the dark purple swamp overlay would be fixed in a later pre-release version. Surely, surely, the good people at Mojang would have to realize just how truly hideous the swamps were. They must play their own game, after all.
1.9.2 came and went, then 1.9.3, then 1.9.4, then 1.9.5 and 1.9.6, and finally RC1 and RC2, and yet still the swamps remained as hideous and harsh as ever, sticking out like a sore thumb in the Minecraft terrain. The worst part was that they were completely unable to be changed by texture packs, as the purple overlay was written straight into the code of the game.
Yet still, like the good fans that we are, we held out hope that the full release of Minecraft would finally bring a resolution to the swamp eyesore.
But now here we are, the day after the full release of Minecraft. And the swamps are still as ugly as they were the day the first 1.9 pre-release came out.
On behalf of each an every disappointed and disgruntled fan, I would like to present the people at Mojang with the following screenshots of the swamps as they appear in 1.0.0, for proof that our complaints are justified:
In light of this evidence, I would like to respectfully request that the people of Mojang make the improvement of swamps a priority for the next update. The following two changes are imperative:
1) Smoother transitions between the swamps and surrounding biomes
2) Swamp overlays that are NOT hardcoded, and can be changed by texture packs.
Sincerely, The Signed:
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