With the release of the latest Minecraft 1.3.2 update, players are getting back to work utilizing portals, which were broken for a small period of time after the original 1.3 update. Now that gamers have both had time to adapt to the 1.3 update and accept that the game is apparently genderless, it’s time to look forward to what Mojang is currently developing for the next large patch.
One of the main features of the upcoming Minecraft 1.4 update is the inclusion of modding API for servers, which means servers themselves can host respective mods which will be automatically downloaded by players upon joining the server. It makes playing on modded servers significantly easier for players around the globe, and allows for mods to spread around to different servers more easily.
As Jeb tweeted weeks ago, mobs can now spawn with equipment and armor, ranging from wearing leather boots to being fully decked out in a complete set of diamond armor. If you thought running into a cluster of skeletons was bad, imagine running into a group with enchanted bows and chainlink armor. At the moment, these mobs reportedly don’t drop any loot, since it would upset the balance of the game.
The increased scariness of zombies doesn’t end there, either. Along with their usually zombie raids on villages, they can now convert the villagers themselves into unique zombies as well, which retain the facial features of the villagers themselves. As if that wasn’t creepy enough on its own, even baby villagers can become zombies. Cute, little genderless baby zombies. Intrepid gamers have already discovered that it’s possible to bring villagers back from the dead by hitting their zombified bodies with a splash potion of weakness and force-feeding them some Golden Apples. It’s a long way to go to save a villager, but at that point it’s probably a guilt-relieving process.
Trading will also be updated, with villagers being capable of forming their own opinions of the player. If you’re liable to give them a punch or two, they’ll give you less deals in regards to trades. However, treat them well and trade with them frequently and they’ll throw some deals your way!
Minecraft Beacon Blocks in their respective power sizes.
The 1.4 update is also slated to include the Minecraft Control Block we showed you earlier, which is capable of executing server commands when activated by redstone. This allows creators to do things from changing the time of day to rewarding set amounts of experience, and was created specifically so Adventure Mode mapmakers could create dungeons more efficiently.
Downloaders of the snapshot update can also get a look at the new Beacon Block, which allows gamers to utilize iron, gold, diamond or emerald blocks to create pyramid-centric beacons which give off powers over distance. The larger the pyramid, the more distance the beacon covers for its magical aura. It also makes a great beacon as it shoots light into the sky, which can be seen from a fair distance away.
Lastly, potion-brewers will have two new toys to play with. Jeb has been hard at work creating a Potion of Night Vision (available in the latest snapshot update), and figuring out how to make a Potion of Invisibility work. While the latter potion hasn’t been confirmed for 1.4, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it included in the update.
What do you think, Ranters? Are you looking forward to the 1.4 update?
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