• Realms map round-up: chickens and challenges

    Here we are again! Though we last spoke mere days ago, as promised, the release cycle of new Realms maps on PC has changed. That means that instead of a recap post, the maps you’ll see below are brand new to Realms, and are available right… now!

    Read on, brave adventurer!

    Makers Wars by Minemakers Team

    The Minemakers team is at it again, this time showing off their take on the skywars PvP minigame genre. Choose your team, your map, and your starting items, then fight across islands in the sky; the last team standing wins!

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  • Realms map round-up: spleef, swordplay, and board games for bored days

    Hey there mining and crafting enthusiasts! It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to show off what awesome, new content has appeared on Realms lately. Since we last checked in, fourteen new pieces of content have been added for you to explore!

    Makers Spleef by MineMakers Team

    Makers Spleef is simply one of the best spleef maps we’ve played. The clean design makes gameplay easy to understand, and the different game modes keep it interesting as you replay over and over.

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  • Realms map round-up: puzzles, presents, and flights of fancy

    Hello again, Minecrafters! Today we’ve got another selection of Minecraft minigames and adventures for you to try. Most Realms maps are available online through their creators, but we’ve gone the extra mile and worked with them to load the maps into Realms for PC. If you or a friend has a subscription, these adventures are available to play right now!

    Unsure how to load custom content into Realms? Here’s a handy help article for you. Now, let’s dig in!

    Captive Minecraft IV: Winter Realm by The Farlanders

    The Captive Minecraft series started in 2014, after the inclusion of world borders in Minecraft 1.8. You begin in a 1x1 play area, but each time you earn an achievement, that area expands. Open your inventory to get started!

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  • It's your last chance to get the Android Realms alpha

    Have you heard? We’re working on bringing Realms to Pocket Edition and Windows 10! If you missed that news, you may also have missed that we’ve been running a free alpha to test how Realms works on Android.

    Well over 700,000 of you signed up to help us kick its tyres since we launched last month. To those people: thank you so much! It’s been incredible to see the enthusiasm and support you’ve shown for the game. You guys are rad.

    To the people who haven’t yet tried the alpha: it’s okay, we think you’re pretty rad too. But if you want to be even radder, you have until tomorrow to sign up. Then you’ll have the entire weekend to muck around and make awesome stuff before we shut down the alpha on Monday.

    Get crackin’!

    Cheerio!

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • New to Realms: lions and towers and snares! Oh my!

    We’re here with another batch of hot content for you to play on Realms for PC (we have to say “for PC” now, because we launched this awesome thing recently). Let’s get right to it!

    We are the Rangers by Dragnoz, Samasaurus6, and Blockworks

    Every so often, a Minecraft map comes along and raises the bar for all of the others. The creators of We are the Rangers have created an open world adventure, complete with quests, a fast travel system, and, using resource packs, tons of new animals. Learn about wildlife conservation, bring poachers to justice, and immerse yourself in the sounds of the savanna.

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  • Minecraft Realms is coming to Pocket and Win 10

    Hi everyone,

    We get lots of requests here at Mojang. And, though we don’t share your love of toilets and guns, we do agree that Minecraft Realms is a great thing that should be spread across the world, and to all editions of Minecraft.

    For that reason, I’m happy to announce that we’re working on Realms for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

    What is Minecraft Realms?

    Minecraft Realms is the easiest way to play Minecraft together with your friends and family. Realms worlds are always online and can only be accessed by an approved group of people. Though it’s nice to have some alone time, there’s something really special about creating and adventuring as a group. Realms makes that really easy to do.

    Can I play with people on other platforms?

    Yes! Minecraft Realms will support cross-platform play between the iOS, Android and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft. We’re using Xbox Live logins to make that possible. If you don’t already have one, don’t worry, they’re quick to create and free! Minecrafters have been playing Minecraft via Xbox Live since we released Xbox 360 Edition back in 2012, and it supports multiple platforms, so it made sense for us to use it for Realms. Also: now that we’re part of Microsoft, we have easy access to the fancy back-end systems and Xbox Live technology, so it was kind-of a no-brainer.

    Will Realms cost money to use?

    Yes - we have to keep the servers running 24/7, so Minecraft Realms is a paid service. We’re not ready to share our pricing plan quite yet. You won’t need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use the service.

    When can I get my hands on this thing?

    Though Minecraft Realms isn’t out officially for a little while, we’ve just launched a free alpha for Android devices. If you’d like to help us test out an early build, have an Android device, and a copy of Minecraft: Pocket Edition purchased from the Google Play store, opt in here. It’s worth pointing out that though you’ll need an Xbox Live account to partake in the Alpha, in the future, it’ll only be required for online play - you won’t need one for single player Pocket Edition.

    Have a great day!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Race, Jump, and Explode Through These 14 New Realms Maps

    It’s been some time since we last checked in on new maps for Minecraft Realms, so let’s get into it! Here are a bevy of new adventure maps, survival starters, and minigames ready for you to play right now!

    Half Heart Race by Team Wooloo

    Since the 2015 Minecon speedruns, it seems there’s been a bit more interest in going really fast in Minecraft. This map lets you do that with up to ten players! Are you up to it, with just a half of a heart of health? For an overview of the challenges you’ll face, take a look at this handy map panorama.

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  • Realms price drop! Free trials!

    Hello!

    It seems the holiday spirit has gotten the best of us. We’re reducing the price of Minecraft Realms, and offering free 30-day trials to anyone who hasn’t previously owned a Realm.

    I don’t know what Realms is! I am confused

    Realms is a safe, simple way to enjoy an online Minecraft world with friends. Realms worlds are always available and only open to people you invite, so you don’t need to worry about mean people blowing up your creations or stealing your resources. Only the host of the world needs to pay, and up to ten players can hang out on a Realm at any one time.

    Realms supports loads of exciting mini-games and custom spawns, and the owner of the Realm can switch between them at will. Though we’re excited to bring Minecraft Realms to other editions of Minecraft, it’s currently only available on the PC Java Edition.

    You mentioned a trial? A FREE trial?

    Anyone who hasn’t previously owned a Realm can now sign up for a 30 day trial via the Realms menu in your client. We don’t even force you to enter your credit card details because we’re nice like that.

    Tell me about the lower prices!

    I can do that!

    A 30 day subscription to Minecraft Realms used to cost £8/€10/$13. Now it’s a mere £6.99/€8.99/$9.99.

    90 days of mini-games, cool spawns, and procedurally generated worlds used to cost £21/€26/$35. Now it’ll set you back £18.99/€23.99/$26.99.

    180 days of online fun via our 100%-official-online-world-solution-for-dedicated-fans, Minecraft Realms, used to cost £38/€46/$62. Now it’s just £33.99/€42.99/$47.99

    You can also pay for Realms on a reccuring subscription that gets conveniently removed from your bank account per month. Pay for Realms this way and you’ll end up paying the same per month as if you bought a six month bundle. On a recurring subscription, Realms now costs £5.59/€7.19/$7.99 per 30 days.

    But I just subscribed at the higher price?! Compensate me!

    OK! Considering the idea for a price reduction came to us in a moment of kind inspiration, we’re compensating anyone who’s purchased or topped up their Realms subscription in the past 45 days.

    If you bought 30 days of Realms since November, you get a bonus 15 days. Anyone who’s bought 90 days gets an additional 45 days free. And if you invested in 180 days of Minecraft Realms you get a whopping 90 days free-of-charge.

    All Realms pre-paid cards will now give you an extra 10 days of subscription.

    What a clear, well-written post! I have no more questions!

    Great! Thanks! In that case, I will bid you farewell and continue on my merry way.

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Realms map round-up

    Hello again Minecrafters!

    Whether you’re looking for a spawn area for a new survival map, an adventure to go on with your friends, or a quick mini-game, we’ve got you covered. With a few clicks, these new maps pop right into your Realm. Here’s what we’ve added recently:

    CastleRise: Brothers’ Feud by Kanoc

    In CastleRise, your goal is simple: each team has a castle, and while protecting your prince, you must attack the enemy’s. There’s a build phase where you can buy and place structures such as walls, siege factories, and moats. When the build phase is over, it’s time to attack! I’ve been playing this map non-stop recently, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite mini-games.

    Skylight by Springstof

    Skylight is a fun survival spawn that starts you and your friends in the middle of a dig site, just below the surface. The map provides the basics - you just have to get the mining operation going!

    The Dropper by Bigre

    Of all of the maps released in Minecraft so far, few can claim to be as recognized or as downloaded as The Dropper. The premise is simple: jump from a great height, fall to the bottom, and avoid hitting things on your way down. The original gameplay is preserved here; minor updates have been made so that you can play it on your Realm.

    SunBurn Reforged by Wire Segal and TheDestruc7i0n

    SunBurn is a minigame that’s easy to hop into and play a few quick rounds. Gather your friends, punch some blaze powerups, and run around the play area, taking care to not stay in one spot too long. If you stop moving, the ground beneath you will turn darker until it finally disappears. The last one standing wins!

    Monster’s Portal by Matdog and Vilder50

    I don’t often see tower defense games submitted to Realms, so I jumped at the chance to play this game. Monsters attack your portal in waves throughout eight levels. To stop them, you’ll have to place combat items that attack the monsters as they stroll by. Find all of the maps’ secrets to unlock the bonus level!

    UHC Blox by gerrybrano

    UHC stands for Ultra Hardcore, and it’s a team or free-for-all battle. You have to craft, survive, and you don’t regenerate health! The map comes with three large play areas and tons of customization such as teams, which items you can use, or how long until the level starts shrinking.

    Lucid Nightmare by Farenheit

    Occasionally, we’ll add single-player content that we think is exceptionally good. As a Realms owner, if none of your friends are online, it’s easy to swap to another world slot, then switch back to your original world later.

    This dark, single-player adventure map has an eerie feel and unique game mechanics that’ll leave you longing for a torch. Explore the game world while awake and asleep for two totally different experiences.

    The Heist by Cubehamster, Wubbi, and Samasaurus6

    One of the most polished and impressive Minecraft maps to date, The Heist is a single-player stealth adventure that plays like a standalone game. A custom resource pack adds voiced narrative, language support, robots, nifty gadgets and more!

    But, I don’t have a Realm!

    If you don’t have a Realm, you can either get one from the Realms website or download the original map from the creator’s site. If you have a favorite map that you’d like to see featured on Realms, drop me a line on Twitter or visit the Realms community on Reddit and send us the details.

    Have fun!

    Marc - @Marc_IRL

  • Realms map explosion and free weekend trials

    Hello Minecrafters!

    Minecraft Realms has just been upgraded!

    Load a minigame or map which features a custom resource pack and you’ll be asked if you’d like to download the new assets. Some maps have been updated with the packs that they originally used, such as Color Cube and Bloxorz, but we’re even more excited about the new things that you’re going to come up with. Sound-based challenges, animated lightning swords, or a narrated museum tours. Go wild! And read on for the details.

    To show off the feature, we’ve added an awesome ski resort adventure map from The VoxelBox: The Muk-Luk Lodge. It features a cast of original characters, plenty of wintry ambiance, and some sick sled jumps, making it a cool example of our new features. Read their travel brochure, or click the trailer below to find out what else awaits.

    Though that’s one of our faves, there are a lot more maps worthy of your attention. Check out creations from our infinitely talented mapmakers.

    Sharks vs. Steve by Twitchnitr0

    Sharks vs. Steve is a map with a simple concept: fight off waves of gold, lapis, and LASER sharks! This map features a custom sound resource pack, so turn up volume to hear all of the pew pew. Play solo, or add friends for increased difficulty.

    Point Runner by CitrioN and Xisuma

    Point Runner is a fast-paced game that’ll give your fingers a good work out! You score by running over ore blocks, but they disappear as soon as you touch one! Point Runner features three different sets of maps and a ton of replayability.

    Silent Ville by Springstof
    silent ville

    Silent Ville gives you the chance to start a new survival world amidst detailed farm buildings and a plentiful amount of wheat. A bread-based diet may not be the healthiest, but it’ll sure help you survive your first few days. Stay safe!

    Labyrinth by samasaurus6, buckingirl4, MineyCow

    The video up there is great, but dive into this map with a few friends and you’ll soon realize why we’ve included this mind-bender! Your goal is to find the rooms that correspond with your key color, while avoiding traps that slow you down. While this goes on, everyone is shifting the map to their advantage.

    Build-off Parkour by SlicedLime

    Build-off Parkour fuses building and parkour challenges together to create a refreshingly original map concept. Each turn, you can choose to place three blocks or attempt to complete the parkour challenge. If you make it too easy, your opponent might complete it before you! If you make it too hard… good luck!

    A Treemendous Spawn by The VoxelBox
    treemendous spawn

    A Treemendous Spawn is another way to start a new survival world, and features a treehouse and some other lovely flora. The VoxelBox’s build team teased that they will only submit pun-based Realms maps titles from now on, and it appears they’re making good on their promise.

    Zomberman by Brutec

    Zomberman is a Minecrafty spin on some classic explosive gameplay. Step 1: someone set us up the bomb. Step 2: Blow up anything that isn’t you! Switch the map to huge and invite seven friends for the ultimate challenge.

    Desert Ruins by AKAMc
    desert ruins

    Desert Ruins starts your survival world in the midst of a number of sun-baked dwellings. We’re sure it used to be quite the vacation spot, but now it’s a bit of a fixer-upper. If you’re up for the challenge, load it up and restore some life to the lost civilization.

    Bubble Shooter by SlicedLime

    Bubble Shooter’s gameplay will be familiar to many, as it’s been a popular style of game for over 20 years. What’s most impressive is that this was done in Minecraft, with no mods! Line up your shot, shoot a colored block at two of the same color, and pop - they’ll disappear. The current high score at the office is 17,500.

    We’ve also got a few maps that aren’t new to Realms, but that we haven’t gotten a chance to show off previously: Random Skies by Dragnoz, Spindlewood by The VoxelBox, Splatter by SethBling, and Solitaire by JesperTheEnd. Most of these maps are also available for anyone to download through the creator’s linked site.

    36,000 free trials

    To celebrate the new maps, we’re releasing 36,000 14-day trials into the wild! If you haven’t had a Realms subscription before, start Minecraft for PC, choose Minecraft Realms from the main menu, and if a trial link is shown, it’s yours to claim! A number of trials will be available each hour, so if you don’t see one, check back throughout the weekend.

    We hope that you’ll love these features and maps as much as we do. If you have a favorite vanilla minigame or map that you’d like to see featured on Minecraft Realms, visit the Realms community on Reddit and drop us a trailer or map download.

    Have fun!

    Marc - @Marc_IRL