Updates

We have released a new version of Minecraft 1.8, 1.8.7, which is now available for download in your launcher. This release fixes a few reported security issues.

This version is fully compatible with all previous 1.8 versions, but it is still highly recommend to update to 1.8.7 as soon as possible for both players and servers.

Notable fixes:

  • [Bug MC-80749] – Resource packs do not get cleaned up
  • [Bug MC-80750] – Resource packs continue downloading after disconnect
  • [Bug MC-80875] – Specific unicode character pair crashes tr_TR clients
  • [Bug MC-81001] – Signs can cause crashes

Report bugs here:

Download server jar:

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FLYING SHEEP

Hello!

You might have already heard of Minecraft Realms. It’s our official way for you to play on a persistent Minecraft world with friends. That means that you and a bunch of buddies can play build, create, and explore in the same world, regardless of how many of you are available.

It’s my favourite way to play Minecraft – playing together with your favourite crafters feels really special, whether you’re building something awesome or gearing up to take down the Ender Dragon.

Realms currently gives you three separate worlds to play on per account – you can generate them from a random seed, upload your own map, or choose one of our funky presets to play on. Even better, your progress is regularly backed up, so you can load a previous save if the whole place burns down, gets flooded, or overrun by enthusiastic creepers. You can even see exactly who has been online and when thanks to our handy activity monitor. It’s super simple to setup and loads of fun!

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All Realms accounts also get a special slot which is dedicated to our selection of minigames. There are lots of them already included in each subscription, and you get to switch between them as you please. Read more about them here.

Realms costs from  8/£6.40/$10.40 a month to play (it’s a bit cheaper if you subscribe for longer), and up to 10 crafters can play on any one Realm at a time. It’s currently only available for the PC version of Minecraft.

To celebrate the obvious coolness of Minecraft Realms we thought we’d give away 12,000 14 day trials this weekend. 500 will be available from within your Minecraft client each hour from 11 am UTC on Saturday until 11am on Sunday. To grab one, load up Minecraft and choose Minecraft Realms from the main menu. If you see a link offering you a free trial, click it and your trial will begin! There’s no catch whatsoever! Literally none!

Have fun playing together, y’all!

Owen – @bopogamel

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DOG FISH BOAT EXTRAVAGANZA

This update has now gone live! Have fun, Pocket Edition players!


 

Hello!

We’re bringing loads of new features to Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Skins! Fishing! Cool boats that support the transportation of wolves.

Skins? Sounds gross
Skins are the way you change the appearance of your Minecraft character. Instead of looking like Alex or Steve, you can roll with a different vibe, like a butcher, dog, or plumber. Skins are purely cosmetic – they don’t affect the way the game plays or give you any special abilities.

SKINS WOO

But… but… I don’t want to give you money!
That’s fine. There are a few ways to change your skin for free.

  • Upload a skin from the internet. Use a search engine or Minecraft skin website to find one, then upload it to Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
  • Create your own skin using the fantastic Minecraft: Skin Studio or your favourite piece of image editing software. Then upload it to Pocket Edition.
  • Use one of the free skins available in game.

I want to give you money!
Now we’re talking! Bundles of paid skins will also be available. Each pack will contain around 20 skins, and will cost $0.99/€0.79/£0.79. Our first two: City Folk and Town Folk have been designed by the talented, kind, and pixellated Army of Trolls. We’ll also give away a few free skins when each pack releases, just like on console.

I don’t want to change my skin!
That’s fine with us. We’re not going to push skins – free or paid – on our players, even though they’re super cool and you should probably get involved.

SKINS WOOP

When is this happening?
We’re submitting our newest update to Pocket Edition this week. It’ll hit all versions of Pocket Edition once approved by our buddies at Apple, Android, and Windows Phone.

I don’t give a monkey’s about skins. Anything else?
Yes! The upcoming update brings loads more cool stuff. Here are some highlights from the changelog:

  • Multiple language support
  • Boats with space for two! Take your pet for a pleasant ride.
  • The ability to throw stuff from boats, including snowballs and eggs
  • Fishing! Now you can fish for fishies!
  • Squids!
  • Spider jockeys!
  • Cave Spiders!
  • Bats!
  • Adorable baby zombies!
  • Weird chicken jockeys!
  • Edible clownfish. Yum!
  • A fancy new World Edit screen so you can rename worlds, change game modes and do other things
  • Creative players can no longer be set on fire. Controversial
  • We’ve stopped cheeky chickens from walking on water
  • Animals can no longer breed without touching each other ooh err
  • Drinking milk now removes mob effects
  • Ridiculous amounts of bug fixes
  • More cool things that you should discover for yourself

That’s it for now, people.

Continue to have fun playing Pocket Edition, please. And have a nice day!

Owen – @bopogamel

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We have released a new version of Minecraft 1.8, called 1.8.6, which is now available for download in your launcher. This release fixes a few reported security issues, in addition to some other bug fixes. This update fixes an issue that was not fixed completely in 1.8.5.

This version is fully compatible with all previous 1.8 versions, but it is still highly recommend to update to 1.8.6 as soon as possible.

Notable fixes in 1.8.6:

  • [Bug MC-75630] – Exploit with signs and command blocks

Notable fixes in 1.8.5:

  • [Bug MC-79632] – Phantom Custom Player in Scoreboard / UUIDs of non-player entities on scoreboards truncated after relog
  • [Bug MC-75630] – Exploit with signs and command blocks
  • [Bug MC-80478] – Better server validation for movement packets
  • [Bug MC-80479] – Invalid beacon effects are not validated
  • [Bug MC-80480] – Certain attribute values are not bound

Report bugs here:

Download server jar:

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Fire up your Xbox, load up Minecraft, then throw a freshly-baked cake at your television! It’s the most appropriate way to celebrate Minecraft: 360 Edition’s birth!1It’s three years old! If console Minecraft was a human it would be gaining independence and learning how to use zips.

To celebrate this monumental occasion2 we’re giving the 20 million players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One a heap of colourful skins. From today until the 17th of May three packs will be available to download for free. There’s a brand-new bundle featuring veteran Mojangstas and a few cheeky extras, our 2nd Birthday Skin Pack from last year, and our 1st Skin Pack from Minecraft’s first birthday.

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Veteran 360 players might already have the older packs, but this is the first time any of them have been available on Xbox One. Be sure to snap them up, early(ish) adopters.

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Big thanks to 4J Studios for doing such a great job on the console versions and massive thanks to you for playing our game, no matter your platform of choice.

Have a great day!
@bopogamel

 

1Don’t actually throw anything anywhere. Cakes are for eatin’
2Saturday is its actual birthday but we’re celebrating today because reasons.

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MINECON Panel Application

by Vu Bui on April 28, 2015

MINECON

Hello there!

It’s time to submit your MINECON panel application! Each MINECON we try to have the best panels anywhere, and that means it’s up to some of you to bring the awesome! A good panel will give attendees tons of information or inspiration. The BEST panels give a bunch of both!

You’ll need to shoot a video of yourself pitching your panel, talking about why the panel would be awesome at MINECON and why you’d be the best one to be on it. Upload it to Youtube as an unlisted video if you don’t want others to see it, and submit the link with the rest of the information about the panel, including the other people you want to be a part of it.

Submit your panel application here. All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015.

All selected panelists will get free admittance to MINECON.

Good luck with those submissions!

-Vu (@vubui)

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New skins! Achievements! Music!

by Owen on April 27, 2015

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Hi everyone!

I bring news of skins, achievements, and music! Let’s get on with it.

When most players begin their Minecraft adventure there aren’t many looks to choose from. In fact, you only get to play as our blue-shirted friend. Now, everyone loves Steve – he’s probably the most famous minecrafter in the world, and has excellent stubble.

But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles.

Players on all consoles will get the Alex skins for free this Wednesday.

Simpsons

Playstation people get The Simpsons!
Playstation players are getting another skin pack this week. The Simpsons, and a bunch of their their closest friends, enemies, and acquaintances are on the way. The bundle includes Principal Seymour Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie, everyone’s favourite… Dewey Largo (!) and a lot more. Download it from Wednesday, if you like.

The Simpsons skin pack is already available on Microsoft consoles.

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Xbox 360 users get extra achievements and bonus tunes!

Achievements – some love ‘em, some are indifferent to them, some don’t even know they exist. I know Marc is really, really into them them; take from that what you will.

Until now, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition has included more achevements than 360 Edition. That’s a bit silly when you think about it. This update will add 30 new achievements to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, boosting the potential gains to a smooth 1000 gamerscore. Hunt them down but don’t let them rule your playtime. And don’t forget to eat or go to the toilet.

We’re also bringing a bundle of new music tracks to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. After this update there’ll be more of C418’s plinky plonky goodness in-game. Nice.

That’s it for now! Have a great week and thanks for playing Minecraft, y’all.

Owen – @bopogamel

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We have released a new version of Minecraft 1.8, called 1.8.4, which is now available for download in your launcher. This release fixes a few reported security issues, in addition to some other minor bug fixes & performance tweaks.

This version is fully compatible with all previous 1.8 versions, but it is still highly recommend to update to 1.8.4 as soon as possible.

Notable fixes:

  • [Bug MC-46771] – Pets follow spectator
  • [Bug MC-61758] – Vines no longer spread correctly in corners
  • [Bug MC-68642] – Certain characters cannot be typed on certain keyboard layouts ("AltGr" behaving like "Ctrl")
  • [Bug MC-73504] – Nether portals place players in front of the portal
  • [Bug MC-78495] – Duplicating items
  • [Bug MC-79079] – Malicious clients can force a server to freeze
  • [Bug MC-79612] – Malicious clients can force a server to go out memory
  • [Bug MC-78020] – User (formerly known as olduser) has joined shows multiple times

Report bugs here:

Download server jar:

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.11.0 Beta 1

Hey!

We have been hard at work these last few months working on the new Pocket Edition version. Now we have released a beta version for you guys who has bought the game through Google Play.

Please make a backup of your existing worlds. You can find a small tutorial in the links below.

  1. In order to be able to test the new update you will need:
  2. Join the Google+ community
  3. Opt into the Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta
  4. Android device that can run Minecraft Pocket Edition.
  5. Minecraft: Pocket Edition Android purchase from Google Play Store.

The app will be automatically downloaded and installed on your device. It can take a few days after joining the beta (and after we release an updated version) before you get it, please be patient.

Have fun and report any bugs you find. Please check the Known Bugs section before you post.

If you want to go back to 0.10.x, just leave the Google+ group and wait a little while for the game to revert.

Links:

Minecraft: Pocket Edition – Play Store

Changelog

How to make a backup?

How to report a bug!

// The Minecraft Team

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Update: Maintenance completed. All systems are back online.

In order to perform some much needed updates to our databases we have decided to schedule a maintenance session. It will take place Tuesday April 14 from 08:00 to 12:00 CEST (UTC+2).

During the maintenance period you will not be able to log in to Minecraft, Scrolls, or Cobalt. You will also not be able to join Minecraft servers (including Minecraft Realms). Most of our websites will also be unavailable. This does not affect Minecraft: Pocket Edition or the console editions of Minecraft.

We’re of course sorry about any inconvenience this may cause you. Rest assured that we would not be doing this unless it was absolutely necessary.

/The Mojang Web Force

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