We’re livestreaming Pocket Edition right now!

As mentioned by Jens a few weeks ago, Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.6.0 has been submitted. That means you should see it on both your Android and Apple devices in the next few days. It’s packed with a bundle of new and improved features, including signs, baby animals, clouds and slicker controls. Pocket Edition players rejoice!

To celebrate, we’re livestreaming Johan and Daniel showing off the updated build this afternoon. It’s kicking off at 16:30 CET. To see what time that is in your timezone, just click this handy link. The stream will be embedded into this post once it goes live, and viewable on Johan’s twitch.tv channel. We’ll also be uploading the stream to YouTube later in the evening, so don’t worry if you can’t make it for the live showing.

See you on the stream people! Have a lovely day.

Owen – @bopogamel


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We need your art for our Minecraft Calendar!

Imagine getting your art in our 2014 Minecraft calendar, winning a heap of prizes, and helping raise money for Block by Block – our collaboration with UN Habitat – in the process. It’s a massive win-win for everyone.

Art submitted by you will feature in our 2014 Wall Calendar, which is getting created with the help of Jinx. All you need to do is draw something inspired and submit it by February the 8th. The community will help choose the winning entries later in the year, and all proceeds from calendar sales will go towards Block by Block.

We’re supplying a theme to keep things light-hearted, but there’s still room to show off your creativity. Here’s the idea we want you to illustrate:

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you in Minecraft?

12 winners will be picked from the submissions and each of those will get:

  • A glow in the Dark Creeper Vinyl autographed by Notch and Jens
  • $500 Cash!
  • A $500 J!NX Gift Certificate
  • Their art featured in the official Minecraft 2014 Wall Calendar!

Not too shabby. Visit this link for a template, small print, and submission details. We can’t wait to see what you get up to! Good luck!


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Minecraft Snapshot 13w04a

According to our calendar from 2041, it’s Thursday in week 4 and flying cars still haven’t been invented yet. However, we did manage to bring back some cool Minecraft features in the form of a snapshot.

  • Added a fancy new Scoreboard system.
  • Added some new functionality to dispensers.
  • Taught dispensers and droppers about the 3rd dimension.
  • Scared mobs away from the dangerous minecart tracks.
  • At least 20 bugs turned into features.

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.6.0 Submitted

The next update for Minecraft Pocket Edition has been submitted for review. This means we should see the update out in one or two weeks, for both iOS and Android. This update was originally intended to be a small patch, but ended up having a lot of new features and tweaks! Here’s the full changelog:

New features:

  • Signs
  • Armor
  • Baby animals
  • Fancy clouds
  • Improved D-pad
  • Stonecutter for crafting stone blocks
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • New block types: Netherrack, Nether Brick, Block of Quartz with 2 variants (pillar and chiseled), mossy/cracked Smooth Stone Brick variants (creative only), chiseled/smooth Sandstone variants
  • New stairs: Nether Brick, Sandstone, Smooth Stone Brick, Quartz
  • New slabs: Sandstone
  • New item: Nether Brick (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
  • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
  • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
  • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity

Tweaks:

  • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
  • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
  • The fog and sky color have changed
  • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
  • Cows drop Leather

Bug fixes:

  • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t

Notice for Android users: Starting with this update, Minecraft Pocket Edition will require Android 2.3 or later. This means we no longer support Android 2.1 or 2.2, but you will still be able to play older versions of Minecraft Pocket Edition.

// The Minecraft Pocket Edition Team


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Minecraft Snapshot 13w03a

It’s snapshot time! With jeb_ focusing on Pocket Edition this week, Dinnerbone has been working on bug fixes and a couple of new features:

  • Made Zombies & Skeletons stronger, scaled to difficulty
  • Added a new Dropper block
  • Added a Minecart with Hopper item
  • Added some new chat options (In multiplayer menu)
  • Moved Texture Pack option from main menu to the Options
  • At least 19 bugs squished

Get the snapshot here:

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// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Snapshot 13w02b

Here’s a bug-fix snapshot for the week!

  • Many, many fixes!
  • Notable: The stitcher should now make sure to create textures that have sizes in powers of two (fixes all-white textures)

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Christmas stat attack!

Phew. Lots of you bought Minecraft at Christmas, smashing  download records all over the place. The numbers are so massive that even Patrick “master of stats” Geuder raised an eyebrow, and that hardly ever happens. We thought it would be nice to share the numbers. Prepare for an incoming stat attack!

Minecraft
70,808 of your purchased/redeemed Minecraft for PC/Mac on December 25th, and 241,845 during the week of the 24th – 30th. You redeemed a total of 4,177,843 copies throughout the year.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
100,416 of you bought Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition on December 25th, and it was purchased 325, 591 times during Christmas week. Massive congratulations to 4J Studios; they sold 5,002,370 copies of 360 Edition in 2012. 

Minecraft: Pocket Edition
283,939 of you bought Minecraft: Pocket Edition on December 25th, and 706,419 copies were downloaded throughout the week. 5,899,727 copies of Pocket Edition were sold throughout the year; we’re including both Android and iOS sales in those figures.

Minecraft: Pi Edition
Minecraft: Pi Edition isn’t released yet, silly. But it is due soon! Visit pi.minecraft.net for early info.

Thanks for purchasing people! We hope you’ve enjoyed the festive period with your friends and family whether you interacted through Minecraft or IRL.

And Happy New Year from all at Mojang! Make it a great one!

Owen – @bopogamel


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Minecraft Snapshot 13w02a

Time for a new snapshot! The major changes are:

  • Textures for blocks and items now have individual image files (read more below)
  • Improved death messages
  • Improved naming (using the anvil) of containers and mob eggs
  • Trapped chests now give off the redstone signal through walls
  • Improved hoppers and made them controllable by redstone
  • Updated language files
  • Language files can now be updated via the background downloader (no need for a new Minecraft release)

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

Notes about the new texture pack system

Starting from this snapshot and forward, blocks and items will no longer load their artwork from one big sheet of sprites. Instead, they’ll have individual files for each image they’re using. The benefit from this is that it will be easier for us to support custom blocks and items in the future. It will also allow us to mix and match block artwork resolutions, and make sure that you get graphics for blocks that your current texture pack isn’t updated for.

We’ve written more information about the new texture pack format in the Minecraft wiki, here: https://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Texture_Packs

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft 1.4.7 is Published

The 1.4.7 patch for Minecraft has now been posted to the launcher. This was pre-released two weeks ago, and the fixes were:

  • Fixed crash related to arrows fired from dispensers
  • Fixed a multiplayer crash when using fireworks without a fireworks star
  • Fixed long timeout when checking SRV records

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Snapshot 13w01b

There were a couple of redstone problems (surprise, surprise) in the snapshot yesterday, so here’s an updated version!

  • List of issues “fixed for 1.5″
  • Notable: The crash for looping comparator circuits has been fixed

Get the snapshot here:

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