We’re on the cover of Edge!

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Massive congratulations to Edge magazine. The stellar publication has been around for 20 years! To celebrate, their 258th issue comes in 20 different flavours, and one of those flavours includes the earthly overtones of both Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons. Junkboy drew it, and I worded it a few weeks ago. Click the image above to embiggen.

Be sure to visit Edge Online to check out the other 19 on offer. There are some awesome creations in there. Edge issue 258 has just gone on-sale.

Have a nice day!

Owen – @bopogamel


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Minecraft World Generator Update

Hey hey!

I thought it was time I gave you an update on the world generator changes we’ve been working on. The last time we did any major changes to the generator was back in March 2012, when the jungle biome was added.

In case you don’t know what a “biome” is, it’s a climate zone used in the game to set what kind of surface the ground has (sand? grass?), whether it should rain or snow, what trees grow there, and sometimes also what kind of animals that are allowed to spawn there. The biome is also used to determine how hilly it should be, although this is a technical solution because biomes are generated before the elevation (the old generator created the elevation first, and decided on biomes based on elevation).

One reason why we rarely do changes to the world generator is because every little change off-sets the world seed and causes noticeable borders between new and old terrain. A lot of people don’t mind about these borders, but we still want to avoid creating them. So, in order to avoid needing to change the world generator again in the nearest future, we try to do as many changes now as possible.

There have been three main problems we have wanted to address:

  • Too large oceans
  • Too uneven/random biome placement
  • Not enough variation

The solution to these problems have been,

  • Tweaks to add more islands and checks to avoid huge oceans
  • Biomes have been put into four main categories: snow-covered, cold, medium, and dry/warm. Biomes will avoid getting placed next to a biome that is too different to itself (sometimes this still happens, but it’s very rare now and not all over the place)
  • We’ve added a whole bunch of new biomes…
  • … and most biomes have uncommon/rare variations that you may run into
  • We’ve also added a bunch of new terrain features, such as new flowers and trees

We’re not done yet, but here’s something to give you an idea of what has happened (click on the images for full resolution):

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Minecraft 1.7 Biome Map Minecraft 1.7 Biome Map

The scale of these maps is 16384×12288 blocks.

// The Minecraft Team


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Decay has been unleashed!

The force of Decay

Hey!

Didn’t you get the memo? The forces of Decay have been unleashed upon the world!

In fact, it’s looking very lively over on Scrolls.com. You should probably check it out. Click the image above, or this highlighted text to see what I’m talking about.

You can buy Scrolls here. It’s super fun times!

Have a good day everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel


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Battlefield 4 at Gamescom 2013: Recap


It’s been an exciting week for Battlefield at gamescom 2013. In case you missed any of the news, we’ve put together a brief recap.

First up is the Battlefield 4: Official “Paracel Storm” Multiplayer Trailer, showing off a brand new map with tons of naval warfare, unique Levolution moments, and more.

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Battlefield 4 Beta

We also revealed that the Battlefield 4 Beta will launch in early October. The Beta will feature the Siege of Shanghai map in the classic Battlefield Conquest mode. Battlefield 3 Premium members, those who pre-order Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition and owners of Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Limited or Digital Deluxe Edition) will have access to the exclusive Beta early October for three days. Following that, the open Beta will kick off. This will be the perfect opportunity for everyone to Prepare 4 Battle before the October 29 launch.

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Levolution Trailer

In addition to the Paracel Storm trailer, we also showed off Levolution, in ways both big and small.

Learn more about Levolution

Premium Announced

Membership gives you early access to five future Battlefield 4 expansion packs, and much more. For the first details on Premium in Battlefield 4, check out the Premium Trailer.

Learn more about Battlefield 4 Premium

New Game Mode Revealed

During the Battlefield 4 Live Stream, players tried out a new game mode, Obliteration.

The goal in Obliteration is to destroy your enemies’ targets using bombs before they destroy yours. The catch? The bombs are placed in a central zone and it’s a race to pick it up. To get a feel for Obliteration, check out this short clip recorded live at gamescom 2013.

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Gamescom 2013: Photos from the Battlefield


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Gamescom is not just about big companies, huge booths and the latest games. It’s also about the excited visitors, ambitious cosplayers, zombies, roadtripping BF4 fans and youtubers pointing at things. Enjoy this montage of gamescom moments we’ve captured on camera.

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A dozen VIP fans rush to their favorite games on the first day of gamescom. Last year saw 275,000 fans enjoying the show, and 2013 looks like another record year.

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These guys stormed the Community Lounge and demanded to play Battlefield 4 Domination. Resistance was futile.

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This German two-man squad enjoys soft air gun competitions and is looking forward to the Battlefield 4 single player campaign in particular.

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Bam! Executive producer Patrick Bach parades the Computec BÄM Award, one of many prizes Battlefield 4 earned at gamescom.

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Nutrients at 12 o’clock! Youtube celeb jackfrags – creator of “Pointing at all the Things” and other Battlefield 4 videos - identifies a high-value snack target on his lunch break in the EA lounge.

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Frantic and explosive: Battlefield 4 Obliteration mode overview


DICE has always wanted to widen the available experiences to players of Battlefield. Never has the game modes on offer been so diverse than with Battlefield 4. If you’ve followed our live stream from gamescom, you know already that one of our all-new game modes is the explosive Obliteration, and we wanted to let you know more about this great addition to the game.

Obliterate the opposition

Obliteration is one of the most frantic and high-paced modes available in Battlefield 4. Two teams face off on medium-sized battlegrounds where one bomb spawns in a random central location. The mission: To pick up the bomb and arm it at one of the enemy’s three military installations and blow it up. When the bomb has detonated, a new bomb spawns in a random location, and the race is on again! The first team to destroy all three objectives wins.

The single available bomb creates a strong focal point of action, with both teams risking it all to be able to bring the bomb to the enemy base. It’s a game mode all about staying on the offensive and all about being a mobile team player.

The daily BF4 live streams from gamescom will be back with more Obliteration gameplay in the upcoming days. In the meantime, you can check out jackfrags’ video capture from his gamescom session playing Obliteration to get a taste of what’s in store.

We also have a second all-new game mode in Battlefield 4 called Defuse – where players don’t have any respawns at all for an even tighter and quicker infantry-only game mode. More on Defuse later.

So there you have it. From infantry-only tight mode Defused to frantic mobile warfare in Obliteration and the Battlefield classic Conquest on vast open maps. No matter your style of pay or preference, you will find the mode in Battlefield 4. Let us know what you think in the poll below!

Battlefield 4 releases October 29 with seven game modes: Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Domination, Conquest, Defuse, and Obliteration. All seven game modes will be playable across the 10 multiplayer maps launched with the game. You can pre-order Battlefield 4 to get the China Rising expansion pack at no additional cost.

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Frantic and explosive: Battlefield 4 Obliteration mode overivew


DICE has always wanted to widen the available experiences to players of Battlefield. Never has the game modes on offer been so diverse than with Battlefield 4. If you’ve followed our live stream from gamescom, you know already that one of our all-new game modes is the explosive Obliteration, and we wanted to let you know more about this great addition to the game.

Obliterate the opposition

Obliteration is one of the most frantic and high-paced modes available in Battlefield 4. Two teams face off on medium-sized battlegrounds where one bomb spawns in a random central location. The mission: To pick up the bomb and arm it at one of the enemy’s three military installations and blow it up. When the bomb has detonated, a new bomb spawns in a random location, and the race is on again! The first team to destroy all three objectives wins.

The single available bomb creates a strong focal point of action, with both teams risking it all to be able to bring the bomb to the enemy base. It’s a game mode all about staying on the offensive and all about being a mobile team player.

The daily BF4 live streams from gamescom will be back with more Obliteration gameplay in the upcoming days. In the meantime, you can check out jackfrags’ video capture from his gamescom session playing Obliteration to get a taste of what’s in store.

We also have a second all-new game mode in Battlefield 4 called Defuse – where players don’t have any respawns at all for an even tighter and quicker infantry-only game mode. More on Defuse later.

So there you have it. From infantry-only tight mode Defused to frantic mobile warfare in Obliteration and the Battlefield classic Conquest on vast open maps. No matter your style of pay or preference, you will find the mode in Battlefield 4. Let us know what you think in the poll below!

Battlefield 4 releases October 29 with seven game modes: Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Domination, Conquest, Defuse, and Obliteration. All seven game modes will be playable across the 10 multiplayer maps launched with the game. You can pre-order Battlefield 4 to get the China Rising expansion pack at no additional cost.

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Battlefield 4 wins six awards at gamescom 2013


Fans and press have given us great feedback for Battlefield 4 at gamescom this week, and we are happy to have received several awards already!

Battlefield 4 has won six awards so far, including Most Wanted PC Game (Computec Games), Best Graphics, and Best FPS (World Game Navigator) – as well as several Editor’s Choice Awards.

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Battlefield 4 has won six awards at gamescom 2013 so far:
Most Wanted PC | Computec Games
Editor’s Choice PS3/PS4 Award | Play3
Editor’s Choice X360/Xbox One award | XBG 360 Games
Editor’s Choice PC award | PC Games
Best Graphics Gamescom 2013 | World Game Navigator
Best FPS Gamescom 2013 | World Game Navigator

Battlefield 4 also received an additional 16 nominations including Game of the Show (Gameswelt) and Best Action Game (Gamescom).

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Bam! Executive producer Patrick Bach with the Computec Games “Best PC” Award.

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A sampling of the awards we’ve posted on our booth wall here at gamescom 2013.

We’re both happy, proud, and humbled that Battlefield 4 entertains as much as we’ve always hoped it would. Special thanks to all of our fans. We wouldn’t be here without you. See you on the Battlefield!

Want to hit the Battlefield on day one? Pre-order Battlefield 4 to get the China Rising expansion pack at no additional cost.


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Battlefield 4 at Gamescom: Day 3


It’s been a big day at gamescom 2013. Read on for a brief summary of the day’s events and tune in tomorrow for another exciting day of Battlefield 4.

First, we’re happy to show off our new trailer. Levolution is a unique concept encompassing the idea that your actions should matter. Levolution means changing how an entire match is played in big and small ways. It means bringing down a skyscraper, flooding the streets, crashing a destroyer, and so much more.

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New Game Mode Revealed – Obliteration

Today players tried out the new game mode Obliteration on Paracel Storm. Watch this short clip to get a sense of how Obliteration works.

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New Live Stream Highlight

You can catch the latest gameplay and interviews on the Live Stream every day from 14:15 – 16:15 CEST, and you can watch replays all day. Take a look at this Live Stream Highlight, recorded live from gamescom.

Watch the Live Stream now

You can also read an interview with Shoutcaster Corey Dunn, one of the voices behind the daily Battlefield 4 Live Stream.

Read it here


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Minecraft is coming to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita

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Sony fans rejoice! The rumours are true. Minecraft is indeed coming to PS3, PS4, and Vita. We’re delighted to spead the Minecraft love to a new family of consoles.

As previously confirmed, Minecraft is also coming to Xbox One. There’s no need to feel left out, no matter your choice of future console.

We’re not quite ready to share dates and details yet, but as soon as we are I’ll get them posted.

Have a good day everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel


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