• Double DLC coming to consoles today!

    Hello!

    I’m happy to announce that two pieces of DLC are landing on all console editions of Minecraft today! Grasp your digital wallet and prepare for purchase!

    First up, there’s Battle Map Pack 2. This competitive bundle includes three maps created exclusively for the Battle mini-game - Atlantis, Ruin and Siege. The pack costs $2.99 USD or equivalent, and comes with guaranteed good times. You can see some hot Battle action taking place in the screenshot below.

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  • Story Mode Episode 7 live next week. Here’s a trailer!

    Having barely escaped the murderous mansion-dwelling maniac in Episode 6, new and even weirder hazards await Jesse and the gang as they explore the Portal Hallway. Doorways lead to a multitude of worlds - but each proves more dangerous than the last. How will the New Order of the Stone ever find their way back home?

    Perhaps the secrets of the Old Builders lie in a world of redstone riches. Surely such a place might conceal the incredible tech necessary to see our heroes home safely. But are such clever computing powers so easily contained?

    (No.)

    You can play this latest episode, titled “Access Denied”, next Tuesday July 26th.

    Episode 7 can be purchased as part of the $14.99 Adventure Pass - three extra DLC episodes that follow Jesse and crew after the conclusion of the first Story Mode season. Episodes 6, 7 and 8 can also be bought individually for $4.99. You’ll need to own Episode 1 to be able to get them, though. “Access Denied” will be available to download on PC / Mac, Windows 10, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and iOS and Android-based devices. You have a week to prepare yourself to face the true power and peril of redstone!

    Cheerio!

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • Pocket and Windows 10 changelog 0.15.3 incoming

    EDIT DUE TO A TECHNICAL FAULT CAUSED BY SMALL MONSTERS INFILTRATING MOJANG OFFICE AND DISTRACTING THE WORKFORCE: THIS UPDATE IS CURRENTLY ONLY ROLLING OUT FOR GOOGLE PLAY USERS. IT’LL BE WITH EVERYONE ELSE IN A FUTURE UPDATE.

    Hello everyone,

    Changelog time! We’re rolling out an update to all versions of Minecraft: Pocket Edition and the Windows 10 Edition Beta. It should be available to download on your phone, tablet, or Windows 10 machine soon.

    This update is mostly concerned with tweaks and bug fixes. It’s still worth downloading though, especially if the odd positioning of zombie jockeys was getting you down.

    Tweaks

    • Multiplayer invite screen text alignment fixed
    • Tweaks to moving blocks to make them work better & more consistently
    • Fixes to horse breeding to make it consistent with other versions
    • Tweaks to atlas generation
    • Tweaked some Realms purchase functions
    • Small tweak to mouse controls
    • Store screen layout scales better now

    Bug Fixes

    • Players can now scroll through the list of friends in the Add Realm window using the controller.
    • Inventory can now be opened when a player mounts a pig or horse/donkey/mule
    • Zombies now spawn with correct textures in desert biomes
    • Nether brick fence fixed- attaches to cobblestone walls
    • Fixed issue with friends list being cleared on signing out
    • Fall damage for horses fixed
    • Pressing X on the intro page signs the user out
    • Removed phantom image of the currently equipped block when toggling a daylight sensor
    • Fixed item duplication on fences bug
    • Fixed some bugs with pistons (crashing, overwriting, taking power from wrong sources, syncing issues)
    • Observer block placement fixed
    • Glass and leaf blocks no longer going invisible when placed next to carpet, pressure plates and accumulated snow
    • Fully grown crops now pop out of farmland when cut-off from light
    • Fixed position of zombie jockeys
    • Fixed crash when shooting an arrow from a dispenser at a TNT minecart
    • Fixed assorted issues causing games to crash

    That’s it for now, people! Thanks for playing our game!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Project Malmo uses Minecraft to make AI smarter

    We already knew that Minecraft could make players smarter - but now it’s being used to make computers smarter, too. The folks over at Project Malmo (two of whom, Katja Hofmann and Matthew Johnson, are pictured above) are using Minecraft as a platform to develop better Artificial Intelligence, and they’ve made their open source tool-set available to the public today.

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  • Cobalt is 65% off in the Steam Summer sale!

    Hello!

    The PC version of Cobalt is featured in the Steam Summer sale! It’s got a whopping 65% off it’s standard price! If you’re a fan of crisp combat, cute robots, slick combat and absolute bargains, click the handy button below.

    I’ve embedded a trailer above but it you prefer promotional materials in written form, check out this unbiased piece on why Cobalt is so great.

    Thanks for ready everybody! Enjoy Cobalt!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Calling all Agents: help us run MINECON 2016!

    MINECON couldn’t happen without Agents: a super-special crew of awesome volunteers who dedicate ten hours of their weekend to helping the conference run smoothly. This year’s MINECON is bigger than ever, so we’re looking for even more fine folk to give us a hand. Sound like something you’re interested in? Over 18? Then apply right here! If accepted, you won’t need to pay for a ticket.

    You’ll need to apply by July 10, and you’ll hear back from us by email by July 18. You do have to put a deposit down of $60 which we’ll refund after you’ve successfully volunteered at MINECON. You only have to work one full day - outside of that you are free to enjoy MINECON as you please.

    Join us! Go on, go on, go on!

    Cheerio!

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • The Minecraft movie has a release date!

    Hello future Minecraft movie-goers!

    I know you’ve been thinking just about every day, “When’s the Minecraft movie coming out?” Luckily for you, we can finally say!

    The Minecraft movie will be released on May 24, 2019! The film will also be released in 3D & IMAX.

    Yes, that might seem like a long time away, but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome. And we all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right?

    That’s it for now, but as time goes on we’ll share loads more. Loads!

    -Vu (@vubui)

  • Check out our new site for Block by Block!

    You might have heard this already, but Minecraft is a pretty cool, fun, popular game. We could have just stopped there and felt reasonably proud of ourselves. But we at Mojang also passionately believe that Minecraft is a Good Thing - not just an inspiring, delightful, mind-expanding pastime, but something that brings real, positive change to people’s lives the world over. That’s why we encourage Minecraft’s use as an educational tool and it’s also why we set up Block by Block - a partnership with UN-Habitat which uses Minecraft as a way of engaging communities in the development of public space, allowing locals to take control of their environment.

    Public spaces are super important. They’re the backbone of any community and a vital measure of its health. They’re a key part of urban infrastructure - water, energy and communication - and well-planned public space promotes civic identity, socialisation and security. But in places of poverty, conflict or rapid urbanisation, these essential spaces often fall by the wayside, important amenities are overlooked and locals are disenfranchised.

    UN-Habitat and Mojang are committed to reversing this where we can - and Minecraft has proved an invaluable way of communicating proposals to develop the environment, engaging locals in these challenges and taking their feedback to city planners. Nobody knows what a community needs better than those who live in it, and with Minecraft they’re given an easy and rapid way to express their ideas.

    So far, Block by Block has initiated projects in 18 locations across 13 different countries, with many more underway in 2016. Have a look at our newly re-launched website to see the work we’ve done in places like Nairobi, Mumbai, Kosovo and Mexico City.

    And, if you can, donate.

    <3

    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • The Minecraft merch motherlode

    Hello!

    You might not have spotted this, but we’ve been updating the store over on minecraft.net, adding loads of hot, hot merch that you can buy from our partner, Jinx.

    We’ve got the latest Lego Minecraft kits up there now, so you can recreate the terror of the wither, construct tree-top safe-havens and snow-bound strongholds. Then there are Mattel’s snazzy new range of action figures - skeletons with firing bows and sheep you can sheer. And that’s not to mention the updated editions of our handbooks, coveted collectible mini figures, huggably soft plushies and loads of super duper tees.

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  • Minecraft 1.10.2

    Update: Version 1.10.2 is now available and fixes the crashes that many players experienced in Minecraft 1.10.1.

    This is a smaller update taking care of some of the most annoying reported bugs. We are also planning to release another update for 1.10.x in a few weeks that takes care of some less critical but still annoying issues.

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