• Minecraft is coming to China

    Hello!

    Today we’re proud to announce an exclusive agreement to license Minecraft for Pocket and PC to a NetEase, Inc. affiliate in mainland China. The plan is to develop a version of Minecraft tailored for the Chinese market. It probably won’t affect most of you, seeing as you’re probably not based in China.

    But still, this is significant news and significant news requires significant quotes, so here are two. One from our CEO, and one from NetEase’s.

    “We’ll always embrace opportunities to bring Minecraft to new players around the world, widening our community, and giving us a new perspective on our game,” said Jonas Martensson, CEO of Mojang, creators of Minecraft. “NetEase understand our long-term vision for Minecraft and support Mojang’s ideals, so we’re delighted to have them on board. We look forward to welcoming China’s builders and adventurers to the world of Minecraft.”

    “We are excited to bring Minecraft to Chinese audiences, and expect our large online community to embrace this preeminent game,” said William Ding, CEO and founder of NetEase, Inc. “With our deep understanding of the Chinese market and our ability to successfully launch world-renowned online and mobile games, we offer a strong platform for the introduction of Minecraft to China’s vast user base. We believe this cooperation could leverage the strengths of both Mojang and NetEase, as well as provide the world’s largest audience with a superior user experience.”

    See you soon, China-based Minecrafters! Welcome!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Biome Settlers Pack 2 now available for download

    Are you the kind of adventurer who happily weathers the Nether? Or have you made room for yourself among the ‘shrooms? You’re in luck! We have 24 new skins that might suit you rather well, just for Pocket and Win 10 players.

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  • Calling panelists and exhibitors! MINECON needs you!

    Do you have an awesome idea for a panel you’d like to present at MINECON in Anaheim, September 24-25? Or do you want to book a booth to show off your amazing Minecraft-inspired work?

    You should tell us right now!

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  • Minecraft snapshot 16w20a

    The polar bears are here.

    And many more new and exciting features are also included in the first snapshot of Minecraft 1.10.

    Most of the changes and new features are not 100% finalized and we are going to improve and balance them in the upcoming snapshots. We are looking forward to read about your experiences on Reddit or watch you playing the snapshot on Twitch or Youtube.

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  • Minecraft might be changing price in your region

    UPDATE: Amended graphic to read HONG KONG not HONK KONG.

    Money, eh? When it’s in your pocket it seems constant in value, but when you start comparing it to coins in pockets around the world, it seems to be worth more or less than before.

    That’s currency in a nutshell. That’s economics. It’s very boring.

    Anyway, in the spirit of currency exchange, we’re changing the prices of Minecraft in different regions so they align with the United States Dollar. The new prices will take effect on May 23. Please note that this applies to Minecraft for PC (the Java version), and not the Console and Pocket Editions.

    If you haven’t bought Minecraft yet, it might be worth purchasing in the next week if your pocket money allowance isn’t aligned with the United States Dollar. You could end up saving yourself a pretty penny.

    You may notice that some regions don’t have an old price listed below. That’s because Minecraft hasn’t been on sale in that currency yet. Welcome to the fold, Japan, Korea, and Brazil.

    Hope that’s not too confusing! Hey! And thanks for buying Minecraft, no matter which bit of the world you’re from.

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Download the Eurovision stage! Re-enact the magic!

    Eurovision is just around the corner! Literally! 2016’s Eurovision song contest is happening this Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. That’s where our office is based, in case you didn’t know.

    That means fun flags on buses, singing tunnels, Swedish celebrities talking in subway stations, a pop-up Eurovision village, and previous winning tunes getting blasted out at pedestrian crossings. All those things are true by the way - Stockholm is hyped about what must be one of the most cheery, joyous competitions of the year.

    With that in-mind, we’ve laced a bit of that Eurovision magic into Minecraft. We’ve teamed up with FyreUK and SVT (a Swedish TV channel) to build the Eurovision stage in Minecraft for PC (the Java version). The real-life stage will have at least 42 different looks during the actual show, so get creative and build your favourite ones! Re-enact the extravaganza!

    To use the map, download and unzip the file below, then place the resulting folder in the Saves bit of your game directory. A quick way to find the game directory is to click Edit Profile then Open Game Directory from the launcher.

    Have fun everyone! And enjoy Eurovision 2016!

    Owen - @bopogamel

    EurovisionStage2016.zip

  • Minecraft 1.9.4

    Update: Minecraft 1.9.4 removes the incorrect snapshot warning when you load a world from a previous version in Minecraft 1.9.3.

    This update fixes some reported issues and improves overall performance of the game. We also found some ways to reduce the memory usage, especially on servers.

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  • Mario Mash Up coming to Wii U Edition May 17!

    Minecraft: Wii U Edition has been available for some time and, though it’s a remarkably good video game, it’s not felt especially Nintendo-ey. That’s about to change!

    As you can see from the spiffy trailer up there, a free Mario Mash Up pack is on its way to Minecraft: Wii U Edition. It features a Mario-themed world, 16 original super-tunes from Mario 64, a specific Mario-themed texture pack, and a heap of skins featuring your favourite Mario-buddies. In fact, there are over 40 characters to play as. Of course, the two plumber guys and the princesses are included but we’ve even packed in some of the cheekier folk like Kamek, one of the Hammer Bros and that pernicious plant, Petey Pirahna. It’s a delightful mix, all in all.

    Did I mention that the Mario Mash Up pack is completely FREE? Yes, I did. Sorry.

    All existing owners of Minecraft: Wii U Edition will get the pack on May 17th as a free update, but it’ll also come with the retail version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition which is due to appear in-stores from June 17th. The disc comes in a box which makes it a great, wrappable gift for friends or loved ones. Just sayin’.

    Both the digital and the retail version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition costs $29.99, 30 golden coins, or the equivalent in your region.

    Thanks for-a playing our-a game!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Celebrate Xbox Edition's birthday with free skins!

    Minecraft on Xbox turns four today! To celebrate those four wonderful years we’re going to be giving away a special birthday skinpack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

    The pack, which features Alex and Steve sporting snazzy mob-themed tees, will be freely available all week long, starting today! And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also putting all the previous birthday skin packs up for grabs at the same time, too. So go get ‘em, slip into something suitable for this special occasion, and stuff yourself full of cake!

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  • Favorites Pack coming to Xbox One this June

    Hello!

    You might not know this, but we have some of the hottest data analysts in the world working at Mojang. And they’ve been crunching the numbers. After months of hard graft, they’ve managed to calculate precisely which add-on packs have sold most on the Xbox One console.

    Armed with this hot data, we’ve decided to bundle the top seven packs with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and sell the resulting package for $29.99 (or equivalent) in stores across the world. We have named this bundle the “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack.”

    The Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites pack will be available in-stores on June 7th in Australia and New Zealand, and on June 21st in the rest of the world. It includes:

    • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
    • Battle and Beasts Skin Pack
    • Battle and Beasts 2 Skin Pack
    • Natural Texture Pack
    • City Texture Pack
    • Fantasy Texture Pack
    • Festive Mash-up
    • Halo Mash-up

    That’s over 120 skins and 5 texture packs. Two mash-up packs are also included - they feature tweaked UI and some fresh in-game tunes. That’s more than enough to spice up your Minecraft experience. I recommend the Favorites Pack to anyone who enjoys playing excellent video games on the Xbox One.

    Have a fantastic day, everyone!

    Owen - @bopogamel