Add-Ons ahoy! Boss Update coming October 18

Not only does the Boss Update for Pocket and Windows 10 bring some much awaited mobs - the Elder Guardian can now be found in the sprawling, mysterious Ocean Monuments, and the Wither appears in revamped fighting form - there are loads of big technical tweaks besides. It’s boss in every sense!

The biggest news is that this update will see the first implementation of Add-Ons. You’ll hear even more about Add-Ons tomorrow if you tune into Searge and Jason Major’s talk at 3.30pm PST, but here’s the low-down: Add-Ons are the first step on our journey towards bringing even greater levels of customisation to all editions of Minecraft - starting with Pocket and Windows 10.

They let you remix mobs, switching out the models, textures and behaviours. Rideable chickens! Ultra-explosive pigs! Etc! It’s pretty simple to grasp - all of these components can be tweaked and swapped by editing text files - but it’s also super powerful, as demonstrated by the elaborate Alien Invasion Add-On we first showed at E3. Now we can reveal that SethBling, Blockworks and MindCrack have collaborated to produce a second example Add-On, called Castle Siege. A massive battle rages and you can pick either side: defend the fort from the mob horde or join the monsters and crash the keep!

We’ve put together a new page all about Add-Ons which we’ll add to in the coming weeks. Check back to download the sample Add-Ons for yourself soon! (Oh, and you’ll be able to play them over Realms, too.)

And that’s not all - the Boss Update brings a few more fab features:

  • You can now use slash commands! Summon things, set the time, change the weather, teleport to places, change blocks and much more.
  • Realms now supports importing and exporting worlds! Oh gosh!
  • Xbox Wireless controller support has been added to Gear VR Edition and Windows 10! And Oculus Touch support is coming to VR-lovin’ Windows 10 players too! [UPDATE: Oops! Oculus Touch support is coming later in the year, not on October 18.]

Pretty boss indeed!

Cheerio!

Marsh - @marshdavies