Minecraft 1.4.6 is out!

As most of you probably already noticed, Minecraft has been updated to version 1.4.6! The major changes are,

  • Added fireworks
  • Added enchantable books
  • A lot of enchantments have been tweaked
  • A Christmas surprise
  • Added option to enable touchscreen input for buttons and inventory
  • Many issues have been fixed!

You can download the stand-alone client and server software here: https://minecraft.net/download. Now we’ll get back on focusing on Minecraft 1.5 – the Redstone Update! It will be released early 2013.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

// The Minecraft Team


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Giving the gift of Minecraft? Do it with festive style…

Christmas is coming! And by the looks of our stats so far, 11,424 of you are planning on giving gift codes to your friends and family. It’s an excellent, thoughtful idea.

Emailing someone a code is a wonderful thing to do, but it doesn’t really feel that Christmassy. For this reason, we deployed Junkboy and created a template. Now you can pass on your gift in a physical way with some festive spirit built-in. You can do this with any unredeemed codes you have lying around.

It’s easy to do. First , purchase a gift code on Minecraft.net. Next, log in to your Mojang account, scroll down to the “Codes” bit, and click “Print Christmas Card” to the right of the code you want to gift. Print out the PDF that pops up, fold it as per the bundled instruction sheet, then gently place it under your Christmas tree in time for Christmas Morn! How lovely.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel


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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Festive Skin pack on sale

The Festive Skin pack is now available for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. It’s on sale for 80 points and comes with 21 festive skins. You can queue up the download right now! Or just load up your console and get it from the dashboard.

On a separate skin-related note,you guys raised an incredible $770,448 by purchasing the Halloween Skin pack. That’s an incredible figure. Especially when you consider that every single penny went to charity. Neither Mojang, Microsoft, or 4J took a cut. The proceeds were split between Child’s Play, Macmillan Cancer Support, Sands Lothians and Block by Block.

Thanks everyone! Here are a few more images of the Skin Pack for your viewing pleasure. And a tweaked version of Jingle Bells which reiterates the info in this post in a melodic fashion (sorry about that, but I’m feeling extremely festive).



To the tune of Jingle Bells

Now a Festive Pack is on sale,
So you can dress all Christmassy,
80 points – you cannot fail,
If you play on 360.

You can wear a Santa suit,
Or look just like his wife,
You will look extremely cute ,
On these festive Christmas nights. Hey!

Jingle Bells, Minecraft sells!
You can play it on holiday.
Oh what fun it is to dig,
Playing solo or in multiplay. Hey!

Have a very Merry Christmas!


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Minecraft 1.4.6 Pre-release

It’s time to pre-release the next Minecraft update! Dinnerbone has fixed a couple of more issues since the 12w50b snapshot, as well as adding a sound indicator when you hit players with arrows in player versus player!

To summarize 1.4.6:

  • Added fireworks
  • Added enchantable books
  • A lot of enchantments have been tweaked
  • A Christmas surprise
  • Many issues have been fixed!

We intend to release 1.4.6 on Thursday, December 20!

Get the pre-release here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Snapshot 12w50b

Updated snapshot for week 50!

  • 10 issues fixed
  • Notable: Fixed item desynchronization bug when using chests and other containers
  • Notable: Fixed mobs getting stuck when hit by players

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Snapshot 12w50a

Snapshot week 50!

We’re looking to do a 1.4.6 before Christmas, with the normal pre-release a few days ahead. Monday maybe? Anyway, changes since last week:

  • Tweaked fireworks effect and sounds
  • Item entities are rendered as 3d objects in the world
  • Corrected how enchanted books work, and added them to villagers and chests
  • Added “thorns” enchantment
  • Added tool highlight when switching items in the hotbar
  • Added a notice/warning for users still playing on PowerPCs or Java 5 (Java 1.5)
  • Various bug fixes

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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The Pepparakakshus Showdown results post!

Thank for voting on the Mojang Pepparakakshus Showdown! 42,143 of you have spoken, and the winner has been decided.

Before I disclose the victor, here are some action shots of the teams working away and a breakdown of the team members. Massive thanks to Thomas Arnoth for the work-in-progress images. Equally massive thanks to Linn for organising our afternoon of creative fun.

Lag Nord
Notch, Owen, Junkboy, Karin, Mattis, Henrik and Jens

Team Fully Edible
Jakob, Jonatan, Johan, Poi Poi, Tobias, Lydia, Aron and Jon

The Ginger Heroes
Carl, Leo, Kris, Måns, Daniel K, Vu and Lan (Vu’s bro)


And the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here are the results:
The glorious Lag Nord took the victory with a 1.5% lead over The Ginger Heroes. Nail-biting stuff. Team Fully Edible took third place.

Have a great Christmas everyone! And thanks again for voting! You guys are the best.


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Vote on the Mojang Pepparkakshus Showdown!

There’s an air of competition at the Mojang offices. Yesterday, three factions were formed. One headed by Notch, one by Jakob, and one by Carl (but we’re not telling you which is which). The rest of the Mojangstas were allocated via a random draw.

Next, Linn gave us a simple, noble task – to create the best damn pepparkakshus (gingerbread house) the world has ever seen. She provided three boxes of gingerbread, icing, sprinkles, and sweets, and two hours to complete our creations. Secret discussions began. Plans were formed. Sketches were sketched. Then, this afternoon, we started to create.

Here are the results. To avoid favouritism, we’re keeping each team anonymous. Scroll down to cast your vote!

Team Fully Edible

 

The Ginger Heroes

 

Lag Nord

Yes, they’re all great. But which one is best? Cast your vote below. NOTE: although this is incredibly serious business, the results of this competition will have no bearing on the future of Minecraft, Minecon, or anything else of any significance. It’s just for fun. Oh, and if you can’t see the voting box, click here.

We’ll post the results next week. Merry Christmas everyone!


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Minecraft Snapshot 12w49a

Hey hey hey! Snapshot time!

Changes since 1.4.5:

  • Added fireworks (sound effects will come soon)
  • Added enchanted books for enchanting items
  • Plenty of bugs addressed!

“What’s this? This doesn’t sound like a redstone update at all!”, you say. “Indeed,” we say. Thing is, we* suddenly decided we wanted to make sure that you have fireworks for New Year’s Eve, so we’re working in several parallel branches of the code now. One is for the 1.5 “Redstone Update,” and one is now for a 1.4.6 patch update. This update will be out before Christmas, and 1.5 will wait until January (or possibly February).

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team

* Send complaints to jeb_


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Don’t forget about our MineCon Tumblr!

MineCon 2012 has come and gone but, thankfully, it still lingers on the internet.

We’re planning on showing off loads of video footage from our weekend in Paris next week, but in the meanwhile I thought it would be good to highlight our MineCon Tumblr. It’s packed with awesome, all submitted by attendees and community members.

The Tumblr is still open for submissions so if you’ve got any photos left over you’d like to see included, hit the submit button in the top left corner and upload! We’ll get the best ones published ASAP.

Thanks everyone! Have a good day.

Owen – @bopogamel


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