The past week the public got a decent amount of info on the upcoming Minecraft Adventure Update. Markus “Notch” Persson gave us a brief walkthrough in a video from PAX Prime 2011 and today we have more details on what gamers can expect in upcoming updates.
Notch and his crew at Mojang are pumping a lot into Minecraft, so much that they may not be able to fit it all into one download. Players will be happy to hear that one of the first things to get revamped is the health system.
The new health system borrows a bit from other games, beginning with the hunger bar that works similar to the stamina bar in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. When the hunger bar is full, the players health regenerates and vice versa when the bar is empty. By consuming food the bar will be filled and will slowly decrease, forcing the player to consume more food.
The health bar can be increased by collecting orbs from defeated enemies – very similar to Zelda and other RPGs – orbs that can also be used to purchase skill points at each level. Yes, players will be able to gain experience and level up, however there are no details on what other skills can be obtained from leveling. Perhaps high crit chance against Creepers, or increased bow damage. Speaking of the bow, this weapon can now be charged increasing the damage and distance.
Players will gain experience points from quests obtained from NPCs in randomly generated towns, sending the adventurers into dungeons which will also be randomly generated. These dungeons host boss monster encounters that will test the skills of even the most hardened miner.
The adjustments to weapons and health can mean only one thing: more challenging enemies. Spiders will gain the ability to poison players and as for the new Endermen mob, well if you thought Creepers were bad the Endermen will make them look like chumps. Just looking at these guys the wrong way will force them to strike.
As stated before, not all of these additions will make it into the next update. The Minecraft Adventure Update has become fairly large and gamers shouldn’t be too disappointed if they aren’t able to face the Endermen in the first update. With 3 million copies sold you can bet a lot of people are itching to get their hands on this update, which hopefully will come by the end of next month.
What features are you looking forward to in the Minecraft Adventure Update? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
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