Updates

We will release a new version of Minecraft, 1.8.8, to improve some functionality of Realms and fix some reported bugs & crashes. It is currently available for testing in the launcher if you enable snapshots, and will be released fully tomorrow (Tuesday) if all goes well.

This version is fully compatible with all previous 1.8 versions, but it is still highly recommend to update to 1.8.8 as soon as possible for both players and servers.

Notable bugs fixed:

  • [Bug MC-80817] – Server may not start in some environments
  • [Bug MC-81018] – Potential server crashing exploit
  • [Bug MC-81405] – Client crashing exploit
  • [Bug MC-82629] – Lag exploit with banners

Report bugs here:

Download server jar:

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What did the greeks ever do for us? They inspired another mash-up for Minecraft on console, that’s what.

Yes – now you can download 39 skins, a custom texture set, and a new UI, all inspired by Greek mythology of old. The pack gives you the chance to play as actual gods, including head honcho, Zeus, and fishy beardy man, Poseidon. Cool monsters like minotaurs and cyclopes also feature.

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The pack also comes with greek-inspired music composed by Gareth Coker and an custom map of awesome scale for you to explore alone, or with your buddies.

The Greek Mash-up pack costs £3.29/$3.99 and is available on the Xbox marketplace and PSN right now!

Have fun, friendly crafter!

Owen – @bopogamel

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Rob McElhenney

Hello there!

Some of you may have seen this guy hanging around MINECON in London a couple weeks ago. He’s Rob McElhenney, and he’s going to be directing the upcoming Minecraft movie.

– Vu (@vubui)

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Hello!

We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 – Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th.

We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Just like the first release of Minecraft all those years ago, this version will develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback. That’s why it has “Beta” in the title – because it’s not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free. We spoil you. We really do.

If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).

Minecraft is available on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, and now, Windows 10. Not every version of Minecraft is exactly the same, but they all feature two distinct game modes – Creative and Survival – that cater to different types of players. All versions of Minecraft support multiplayer.

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You’ll recognise some Pocket Edition features in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, along with potpourri of cool extras. Here are some highlights:

  • Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
  • Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
  • Multiple control schemes! Switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort!
  • Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
  • Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with our built player feedback mechanisms!
  • Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft.

We hope you’re as excited as us for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. It’s gonna be cool!

Thanks for reading!

Owen

*Oh, and while we’re here, don’t forget to read the easy-to-understand legalese featured below…

The “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” beta will be available for download in the Windows 10 Store beginning July 29.  Players who already have the PC edition of “Minecraft” will be able to download the Windows 10 beta version free.  Others can download “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” at a discounted price of $10 throughout the beta period.  Players who download “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” during the beta phase will still have the game when it comes out of beta, and receive all future updates to the game at no additional cost.

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Hey! In case you didn’t already know, MINECON 2015 is starting tomorrow. It’s taking place in London and is going to be super fun and extremely Minecrafty!

Unfortunately, we can’t fit every single Minecrafter into the venue, so we’re also streaming the show via the internet.

Go to twitch.tv/minecon to watch the stream from 10am GMT tomorrow. Don’t worry if that timing doesn’t work for you though – we’re replaying the stream at various times during the weekend so you can tune in whenever you like, and watch the most fun bits over and over!

Here’s the link again, in case you’ve already forgotten!

twitch.tv/event/minecon

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Everyone loves free updates, right? They make games more fun and cost literally nothing. What wonderful things.

Excitingly, one of them is landing on Minecraft tomorrow. On July 1st, all console versions of Minecraft will be updated to version 1.17/TU25/CU14 , bringing a heap of exciting tweaks and additions. Here are a few highlights:

  • Offended by mountains and caverns? Worry not, strange crafter, because now you have the option to customise your super flat worlds so they’re only as vertical as you desire.
  • New blocks! Oak, Spruce, Birch, and Jungle wood types. Fences, Gates, and Doors! Create the log cabin of your dreams with 1.17/TU25/CU14 .
  • A heap of new game options! Change the game mode, difficulty, time, player spawn position, ambient cave sounds, and weather without leaving your game session. Very handy.
  • Classic crafting! Now console players get to craft items just like their PC buddies on Java Minecraft. Some players find this style of creation more satisfying. Check it out.
  • New stuff! Iron Trapdoors, Inverted Daylight Sensors, Book & Quills, and Stained Glass have arrived. Use them wisely, and for good, please.

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Download and be merry, crafter folk!
Owen – @bopogamel

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Hello! I bring DLC news for console players. Read on for the info.

LittleBigPlanet meets Minecraft! (Playstation editions only)

Good news for LittleBigPlanet fans on Sony’s consoles! A brand-new mash-up pack featuring Sackboy, Sackgirl OddSock, Toggle, Swoop and many more, is on its way to Minecraft on PlayStation.

Mash up packs let you change the way Minecraft looks. This one lets you LittleBigPlanet-ify your Minecraft world with textures, characters and creatures from Media Molecule’s adorable platformer. It even comes with a pre-build landscape and some catchy tunes taken straight from the game. What more could a Little Big Minecrafter possibly want?

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The LittleBigPlanet Mash-up pack will be available to download from July 1st. It’ll cost £3.29/€3.99.

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The Minecon 2015 Skin Pack (All console editions)

Even more DLC news for y’all! To celebrate the awesomeness that is next week’s Minecon 2015, we’re releasing a free bundle of skins for both Sony and Microsoft consoles. This pack is extra-special because it features Alex and Steve wearing a selection of smart capes.

The Minecon 2015 Skin Pack will be available for just 15 days from the 1st of July onwards. Download it from Xbox Live Marketplace/PSN while it’s still hot. You’ve got nothing to lose but your bandwidth!

Have a great week, everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel

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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.

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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.

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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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