During the weekend, popular video game Minecraft held a live event announcing a big and exciting update, called The Caves & Cliffs Update. As the name suggests, caves will be the next cinema to receive a major overhaul, and the rock update (technically it̵7;s the rock cinema update), which won last year’s Minecraft Live cinema poll, will also be included.
The Caves & Cliffs Update
Improved cave generation ensures that every cave does not look the same. Players will be able to explore narrow tunnels and large caves with lakes and waterfalls. Two new cave types – lush caves and stalactite caves – provide new elements for underground exploration. Lush Caves has new plant life, such as Dripleaf Plants and Glowberries, and a new neutral mob: axolotls. Dripstone Caves contain stalagmites and stalactites. You will also be able to find amethyst geode crystals if you are lucky!
Mountain goats come up on the mountain biomes, jump and climb. And if you go to mining, you will also see copper ore, which is good for roofs and will oxidize and turn green over time just like the real thing. And if you end up near the bedrock, watch out! New Sculk sensor blocks sense vibrations, as does the new mob lurking near them: the Warden. This mob is blind but feels vibration and is not afraid to chase you down.
A new archeology system allows players to find ancient artifacts in buried ruins. You have to be careful (and make a new tool, the brush) to reveal these objects, because if they break, they are gone forever! Some other fun additions also rounded up the update, such as lightning rods to prevent lightning from burning down your house with wooden roofs, telescopes for remote sensing and bundles to carry very of things at once.
Mob Vote results
Throughout the Minecraft Live event, fans had the opportunity to vote for a new mob to be added to the game. The choice is between an adorable yellow cow-like Moobloom, a glowfish and an isologist who throws frozen clouds at you. The squid eventually won the victory. From now on, squid is at least just a visually appealing neutral mob.
Creator Tech & Minecraft: Education Edition
Lots of new technology and tools aimed at creators are on their way to the Minecraft Marketplace. New blocks, custom objects, and tools allow creators to influence RPG games and even create fun new parkour maps.
Students and teachers use Minecraft: Education Edition will soon have a free new map to play, based on teachings from US Congressman John Lewis. This version of the game is also hosted Minecraft Education Global Build Championship, an international design competition. Interested students in groups of 1-3 can register here.
Minecraft Dungeons Future DLC
Minecrafts popular spin-off games, Minecraft Dungeons, also gets an update with new DLC and cross-play support across PCs, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. The action-packed dungeon crawler game focuses on fighting and looting against the game’s many hostile mobs (and then some). Dungeons a new area may also be added to the game. The Howling Peaks, which arrives in December.
You can buy your own copy of Minecraft to play on a computer, on your iOS or Android devices, on all major game consoles and even for Oculus and Amazon devices. The game has impressive platform compatibility, so you can easily play on your computer while your friend plays on his console.