• Minecraft 1.11 Pre-Release 1

    We have reached a point for Minecraft 1.11 where we feel ready to level up our snapshots to pre-release status! The observer, llamas, and exploration maps will soon hit all vanilla servers across the world, and here’s your last chance to give it a test run before it does so.

    Unless we encounter unexpected issues of grandiose seriousness, the target release date is November 14!

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  • The Humble Blockjam Bundle is about to begin


    Exciting news ahead!

    We’ve teamed up with a bunch of our developer buddies to create games and raise money for charity. The games will be available to download from Humble Bundle’s snazzy website in exchange for a donation of your choosing. It starts at 3pm today and ends at 12pm CET on Thursday. [UPDATE: It now ends at 12pm CET on Friday, meaning that all the games will be exactly 24 hours better!]

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  • Be a bear, or duel a dragon!

    Surprise! If you’re a Realms subscriber on the PC edition of Minecraft, you’ve got some new content today. Releasing a bunch of Halloween experiences last week caused some build-up in the launch tubes, and so we already have four snazzy, new maps for you to dig into.

    Let’s get started!

    A Giant Quest by Team Wooloo

    When a dragon shows up to extort your village for gold, there’s only one thing you can do: get huge and wreck everything! A Giant Quest is a short single-player adventure that plays with your sense of scale in some surprising ways, then afterward, allows you to create your own village in that same world.

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  • Bug fix update for Pocket / Win 10

    Hello everybody!

    We’ve rolled out an update called 0.16.1 for all you Pocket and Win 10 players of Minecraft. Please go to your favourite app store to download the update. It fixes quite some bugs and will make your gaming experience smoother.

    Changelog below!

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  • Minecraft snapshot 16w44a

    Zis is ze nouveau snapsot !

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  • Watch our Halloween stream! Creepy Add-Ons abound!

    Ghosts and ghoulies, zombies and freaks - Halloween is the night that they shudder from the shadows to work mischief upon the living! Our own Twitch channel was possessed by numerous sinister spooklets for a two-hour long livestream, summoned forth by the utterance of such ancient and terrible names as Marc, Jason, Helen and Mike.

    After performing the dark and diabolical rites to get the microphone working, they proceeded to play through a special House of Horrors map, haunted by creepy custom mobs - all made using Add-Ons!

    Watch the team encounter these ghastly and grim creations on our Twitch channel or download the map and Add-Ons for yourself! Get everything you need right here. Just click the import button in-game (next to Create New World), locate the House of Horrors file, and it should set everything up for you. Spookily simple.


    Marsh - @marshdavies

  • Minecraft: Education Edition has launched!


    It’s been a long time coming! We announced it, created an Early Access version, and now… Minecraft: Education Edition has officially launched!

    Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t understand these words because Minecraft: Education Edition is available in 11 languages and a whopping 50 countries!

    Minecraft: Education Edition includes all kinds of cool features that make it fun and easy for educators to create and teach lessons through Minecraft. There’s even a dedicated Classroom Mode companion app that displays a map view, world management settings and more.

    Just like all the editions of Minecraft, Education Edition will be updated regularly and improved on by a talented community of creators. Only this time, those creators are educators with great insight into how to invigorate their students, make them extremely smart, and set them up for a fulfilling, productive lives. I might be getting a bit carried away here but, yes, Minecraft: Education Edition is a great thing.

    The official website already includes a bunch of tutorials, lesson plans, starter worlds and more, all created by talented users. It’ll also introduce you to the mentor’s program which connects Education Edition beginners with friendly veterans, all eager to share their timeless knowledge.

    The complete version of Minecraft: Education Edition is now available to purchase for $5 per user, per year, or through a Microsoft education volume licensing discount. Learn more at education.minecraft.net!

    Good luck expanding brains, teacher-folk!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Haunted holidays and creepy candies

    With Halloween just around the corner, we asked community mapmakers if they were working on anything particularly Halloween-ish, and they replied with a resounding, “Yes!” This is the biggest Realms map release so far, with seven total upcoming experiences. Read on to find out more about each map!

    Herobrine’s Mansion by Hypixel and Xiantis

    Originally published three years ago, Herobrine’s Mansion was one of the first adventure maps to make extensive use of command blocks. Players face off against the devious Herobrine, but you can only reach him once you defeat his minions. Now, with some updated mechanics and a fresh coat of paint, this faithful recreation of Herobrine’s Mansion is ready for you and your friends!

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  • Minecraft snapshot 16w43a

    Snapshot time! Bugs bugs and more bugs, all fixed!

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  • Halloweek begins as Spooky Bundle haunts consoles!

    Yeah, I know: Halloweek isn’t actually a word. But hopefully this horrifying misuse of language is unsettling enough to get you in the mood for a week of creepy fun!

    We’re kicking things off with the launch of the Spooky Bundle for Console Edition today: no tricks here, just three seasonal treats all rolled into one - the Halloween Mash-up, the Halloween Battle Map and the Campfire Tales Skin Pack. Check out the chilling trailer above and witness a trio of grisly delights, guaranteed to haunt your dreams FOREVER*!

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