UPDATE: Snapshot 15w31b has been released and contains the following (and probably some more) bugfixes:

  • [Bug MC-82808] – New arrow names
  • [Bug MC-82809] – Texture errors for Spectral Arrow
  • [Bug MC-82819] – Levitating for too long kicks the player
  • [Bug MC-82842] – Multiplayer whenever someone mines the body of another player shakes
  • [Bug MC-82859] – You get a stack of the new arrow upon picking it up on the ground
  • [Bug MC-82873] – Cannot get property on Rails
  • [Bug MC-82874] – When you do /kill with a left arm set it goes to a right arm
  • [Bug MC-82876] – Hide particles not working
  • [Bug MC-82880] – Cannot get property while planting cocoa beans.
  • [Bug MC-82896] – /clear doesn't clear slots other than main inventory
  • [Bug MC-82907] – Signed Book and Quil messed up result
  • [Bug MC-82938] – Enderman missplaced arm + head
  • [Bug MC-83041] – Armor slots in /replaceitem do not work as intended
  • [Bug MC-83143] – Glowing effect does not have team color around armor or held items
  • [Bug MC-83187] – Signs show opening and closing quotes on each line
  • [Bug MC-83313] – Failed to save chunk java.io.UTFDataFormatException: encoded string too long: 65541 bytes
  • [Bug MC-83460] – Tellraw is completely broken!
  • [Bug MC-83623] – Item models break when tools with durability use the Unbreakable tag.
  • [Bug MC-83709] – Scrolling in the "Miscellaneous" creative inventory tab skips one row
  • [Bug MC-83818] – [Resource Pack Bug] Crash when using cull faces with multipart blockstates
  • [Bug MC-83838] – ShulkerBullet NBT gets corrupted when (Owner,) Target and Pos position are equal


It’s time! It’s that time again! It’s finally here! It’s snapshot time! Snapshots!

A little later than I’d have liked, but we’re now ready to start public testing of Minecraft 1.9: The Combat Update. As you can expect from the name, the update is mostly about cuddling and farming plants.

I’m not going to tell you what’s new, but I will tell you what isn’t new… yet. These are the things you should not expect to find in this super-alpha-development-preview-test-build-thing:

  • Any balancing of any kind. Seriously, expect things to be hilariously overpowered or underpowered.
  • Melee combat changes. Melee combat will change, just not in this snapshot.
  • Shields. They tie into the melee combat changes.
  • The meaning of life. That’s also for another snapshot.
  • Hugs. You can find those over here instead.
  • Perfect respawn mechanics of the end. You can respawn the dragon right now by drawing a creeper face with clay, but it won’t respawn everything yet. That’s temporary.
  • Lots of new items/blocks which don’t exist yet. That’s why you’re respawning the dragon like above.
  • New potions or enchantments. There will be new ones, just not right now!
  • Subtitles support. It’s still planned for 1.9!
  • Proper offhand interaction support. Right now it doesn’t entirely work as expected, we have to go through every interaction and decide what should happen each time.
  • Lots of stuff, really. We have a lot of things planned for 1.9, and this is just the first snapshot. Gotta keep some surprises!
  • A note for resource pack authors: We have changed the format of resource packs slightly, and have support for versioning packs now. You can still use incompatible packs, it just needs extra confirmation from the user.

    A note for everybody else: Back up your world before updating. Things will break, especially in such an early snapshot. Backup your world. Back it up. Do it now.

    Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, we can’t fix it!

    To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

    Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

    Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/15w31b/minecraft_server.15w31b.jar

    Report bugs here:


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Update: This is still rolling out, so don’t panic if you can’t see the button on your account page yet! Check back later!


Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a brand-new Edition of Minecraft. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

If you’re one of the 20 million(ish) players who already own Minecraft for PC/Mac, you get the new version for free. Completely free!

To download your copy, first log into your Mojang account (My password is significantly more complex than those dots so don’t bother trying, criminal person).

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Next, click the “Redeem” button on your account page, sign into your Microsoft account, and follow the instructions that follow. That’s it! You’ll be playing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta in a jiffy.

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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will be available to download in the Windows 10 Store.

Have fun with Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, kind crafters! And enjoy fiddling about with your swanky new operating system!

Owen – @bopogamel


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Minecraft 1.8.8 Released

by Dinnerbone on July 27, 2015

We have released a new version of Minecraft, 1.8.8, to improve some functionality of Realms and fix some reported bugs & crashes.

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.


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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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.


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!


*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!


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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.


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?


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


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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