• 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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  • Fantastic! Changelog 0.15.8 for Pocket / Win 10 appears!

    The furnaces have been burning late into the night over at the great Binary Tree that is home to the Pocket Edition coding elves, the hungry blue flames dancing ever higher with each shovelful of untempered C++ ore that is thrust within. Soon, using words and signs unthinkable to mortal kind, these arch digi-wizards will conjure update 0.16 from the shadowy beta realm, fixing it into its final form! But even though they labour so, in a feat of true Tolkien-esque heroism and/or caffeination, they have managed to bend spacetime to summon the 0.15.8 update into existence, bringing with it support for the Fantasy texture pack.

    Look at them go! Well done, elves.

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  • MINECON's just around the corner. Are you ready?

    The calendar event of the year approaches! Don’t worry if you haven’t got a ticket - you can join in the festivities remotely using the power of internet streaming video. Watch the event live from our MINECON site on the 24th and 25th September.

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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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  • A Journey’s End: Story Mode Episode 8 arrives!

    Are you sitting down? I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Story Mode Episode 8 is here! It’s due to roll out today for PC, Mac and consoles. Hooray! The bad news is that this thrilling caper represents the very final instalment of the three-part DLC adventure. I know, I know. Do you need to be held? I’ve heard that breathing into a paper bag helps.

    But if Jesse and the gang’s tale is coming to a conclusion, then it’s certainly not going out quietly. Having survived supernatural storms, maniacs in mansions, malevolent intelligence and more, Jesse’s crew have one last and potentially lethal trial before they can find their way back through the Portal Corridor. In their haste to obtain the Atlas, our heroes find themselves stumbling into the midst of a deadly tournament, in which people are forced to Spleef for their very lives, or else find themselves cracking quartz in the mines.

    What strange rules define The Games? Who are the mysterious trio who run them? Will Jesse and co even make it to the finish line alive? All these questions and more will be answered when you play the episode - available to download individually for $4.99 or as part of the $14.99 Adventure Pass which gives you access to all three episodes of our DLC mini-season.

    Cheerio!

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • Minecraft snapshot 16w36a

    Time for a new 1.11 snapshot!

    The main focus for this snapshot is bug fixes, but Minecon is getting closer and closer. Actually, it’s only two weeks left! Yay! And during Minecon, we will show you all the new exciting features for 1.11!

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  • Battle Map pack 3 unleashed on console!

    Hello!

    We’ve recently released Map pack 3 for Battle - our free, combat-focused mini-game - on all console editions of Minecraft. It includes three new locations for you to take on your friends and enemies and costs a cool $2.99 or equivalent.

    First, there’s Castle that will have you jumping off ramparts, climbing ladders, and engaging in hand-to-hand combat on huge banqueting tables majestic halls.

    Invasion is a modern city that’s been destroyed by an unknown presence. The crashed UFOs hint that aliens might be involved, but who knows? Maybe that Herobrine chap had something to do with it.

    And, finally, Shipyard - a city build around an airship suspended miles above the ground. A truly epic location and a great place to prove your might in combat. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t look down!

    Have fun playing Battle, people! And (even even thought the mode is about thwarting your enemies) be nice to your fellow crafter!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Minecraft snapshot 16w35a

    Another week, another snapshot. And another opportunity for me to use that exact same phrase to introduce it.

    We are still focused on fixing bugs in the 1.11 snapshots, but Minecon is getting closer and we have some new features to show there.

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  • We’ve just updated our privacy policy!

    Hello, everyone!

    It’s exactly as the title says. Our privacy policy was looking a little dog-eared and a refresh was due! So, in order to bring things up to date, we’ve now adopted the privacy policy of our owner, Microsoft.

    It’s pretty normal for a company of Microsoft’s size to have a single privacy policy for all of its different bits as it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain multiple policies and translate them into different languages for our users all around the world. By joining the Microsoft Privacy Statement , we can spend less time maintaining all these separate policies and more time making our games even more awesome. This is the same policy used by Skype, Outlook and our fellow devs over at 343 Industries - so you’ll see stuff in there that doesn’t directly apply to Minecraft.

    One thing we are doing is to clarify for our PC / Mac players that - in addition to cookies - we may use device and account identifiers and similar technologies to tell how large our active userbase is and to analyze how our games are performing. Our old privacy policy already allowed us to do that with cookies but we wanted to make sure our policy keeps up with the times. In any case, we give you a breakdown of exactly what we collect in the game’s options menu, and you can always toggle the whole thing off if you want to opt out. But we hope you don’t - it’s super useful to have this data as we continue to improve the game, figuring out what hardware needs support and which problems need our attention.

    Anyway, have a read of the new policy!

    Cheerio!

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • It’s only natural: changelog 0.15.7 for Pocket & Win 10

    We may have just released the Android beta for 0.16, but rest assured we aren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves: our devs have been working on packaging up all manner of bug-fixes and tweaks for the less experimental 0.15.7 Pocket / Windows Edition release! It’ll be rolling out today.

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