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MineCon 2012 - Confirmed 1.5 features

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The Future of Minecraft

For those of us not able to attend MineCon 2012, Mojang teamed up with Gamespot to run a livestream this weekend. I caught up on the 'Future Updates with the Minecraft PC Team' session to see what Jeb, Dinnerbone and the core development team had to say about the future of Minecraft

I've collected the key points below along with the notes I took of the panel presentation and the audience Q&A session at the end of the panel. It makes the future look pretty interesting!

What's Next for Minecraft?

This is a list of everything I think is on Mojang's future or 'possible future' list from the panel presentation and the discussion and Q&A session afterwards;
  • Redstone consistency fixes
  • Biome updates
  • Capacitor Block and Signal Strength
  • Weighted Pressure Plates
  • Automated Item movement
  • Daylight Detector
  • Fireworks
  • Portable Paper Enchantments
  • New 'Nether Ore' Block(s)
  • Nether Brick Slabs
  • Waypoints
  • Minecart coupling
  • Red Dragon update
  • Advanced Combat system
  • Friends system
  • Depth Detector

Panel Presentation

Future Updates
  • Will be primarily focussed on specific areas of gameplay (e.g. Redstone, Biomes)
  • Schedule is to update approximately once every 2 months

Minecraft 1.5 - The "Redstone Update"
  • Probably not before Christmas
  • Redstone will be more predicatable and consistent (fix NESW bugs)
  • BUD designs will be affected, but not fully removed (yet)

Redstone Signals
  • Redstone signal strength will matter

Capacitor Block
  • One input, one output; similar to repeater
  • Gives full output when input is strong enough
  • Input threshold will be configurable

Weighted Pressure Plates
  • Output signal strength will depend on pressure applied
  • Will be able to detect how full a Chest Minecart is

Improved Minecarts
  • Transport massive amounts of items
  • Automated movement of items; from chest into cart, from ground into chest
  • Railtrack to unload freeriders (Mobs)

Notable extras
  • Daylight Detector
  • Fireworks for New Year's Eve
  • Currently no new mobs planned

Discussion and Q&A Session

This is a collection of points from the spillover discussion at the end of the presentation and then a list of audience questions along with the answers provided by the panel.

  1. Idea for 1.6; enchanting a piece of paper then using Anvil to transfer enchantment to an item
  2. Possible (likely) addition of 1 or 2 new Ore blocks, probably a 'Nether Ore' (to craft Capacitor Blocks, etc).
  3. Main issues with Redstone at the moment are timings on Pistons or Repeater.
  4. Dragons are planned, but not in the near future - the physics are challenging.
  5. Discussion of ideas for Spear (longer reach) and Crossbow (rapid fire) - but not planned.
  6. No plans to add crafting recipe which uses Lapis Blocks.
  7. Will there ever be a (piston-based) Spring Block? No.
  8. Nether Brick slabs? Yes.
  9. Possibility to put a Bag on a Saddled Pig to transport items.
  10. Redstone Block? Maybe, but it needs to have a purpose before it will get added.
  11. Vertical half slabs? Not in Vanilla.
  12. Wireless Redstone? Not in Vanilla.
  13. Waypoints in Vanilla? Possibly.
  14. Minecart coupling? Maybe, if they can get it to work.
  15. Any more Biomes? Biome updates are planned; some updates will focus on specific Biomes and some will add new Biomes.
  16. Dragon Egg is currently a 'bragging item' - no plans yet to give it a purpose, but may use for future Red Dragon update, if that happens.
  17. Micro transactions and in-game purchases for Minecraft on PC? No plans to change business model.
  18. Redstone will have strength of signal beyond the current 0 to 15 - and you will be able to detect the strength of a Redstone signal.
  19. Will there be a BUD Block if BUD switch functionality is removed? Very tricky, but nothing is impossible. Unknown how to solve the coding problem at the moment.
  20. More advanced combat system? Will look into making combat more 'interesting' than just clicking.
  21. Stronger TNT? Very unlikely.
  22. A new type of armour? Unlikely.
  23. Will Fireworks be like TNT? Probably not, it will be a fairly small and safe explosion in the air.
  24. Plans to add anything to Ice Plains Biomes? Likely to be a focused update, next year.
  25. Any plans to extend Wither or Wither Skeleton gameplay? Working as intended, nothing planned - it should be seen as an big accomplishment in the game i.e. Beacon Blocks.
  26. Any 'friends system' planned for Minecraft? Yes, it is in planning stage, hopefully released next year. It will be Mojang-server-side and linked to Mojang accounts.
  27. Depth Detector i.e. like a compass for underground? We'll think about it.
  28. Combine 2 different slabs in the same block? It's not possible at the moment. Meta-data for a Block is 4 bits - we don't see support being added. However, it is possible that it might be added as a side-effect of introducing the Mod API, but we're not aiming to implement. So, in short, 'maybe'.
  29. Solar Panel to detect light level and output a Redstone signal with comparativestrength? Daylight Detector will provide that functionality.

What's next?

I think the future for Minecraft looks amazing! Although, I can't decide if I'm most excited about the Capacitor Block, new Ores, automated Item movement, Redstone fixes... the list goes on! What's your favourite Minecraft feature from the list above?


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03/28/2013 5:18 pm
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Very neat... Excited for friends system if it will be added.
04/07/2013 7:16 pm
Level 49 : Master Architect
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I've been wondering if the friends system idea is going to be linked to - or has evolved into - the Minecraft Realms thing that's been doing the rounds on YouTube etc. Anyone know?
04/13/2013 3:12 pm
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We can guess that it that it probably will... Mojang will probably do an Realms Activation to all Premium Accounts when it becomes public, and the people that invite to their Realm will probably have to be you friend first...
01/17/2013 11:52 am
Level 49 : Master Architect
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Hey everyone, thanks for all the feedback and comments so far, it's been awesome to see how much people have appreciated the chance to discuss all this new content!

To help keep the conversation going, I thought I'd link to the snapshot thread from the Mojang website, you can see the first snapshot to include some of the new features, here; http://www.mojang.com/2013/01/minecraft-snapshot-13w01a and the latest snapshot info you can always get direct from the top of their homepage.
12/09/2012 4:52 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
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Well, I've heard off a few websites, that mojang is planning a new dimension that is entered after you have defeated the ender dragon. Not sure if it's gonna be available in creative tho.
12/08/2012 10:09 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Giraffe
Snowpalca's Avatar
They should make making a server easier. Especially since LAN doesnt work well
12/08/2012 10:08 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Giraffe
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If they make the Red Dragon, it should spawn on a Volcanoe island (New Biome, please) and inside the volcanoe is a bunch of mobs and challenges to get to the top. Once on the top, there should be 1 red dragon and a red dragon egg. You must kill the Alive Red Dragon to get the egg, which can be hatched into a baby red dragon. You can tame the little dragon with meat. Once its all grown up, you must collect 3 red scales (dropped from the dragon you fought) and 3 iron to make the Red Saddle. Once you put on the saddle, you can fly with your new dragon. This would be very cool in multiplayer since it would bring new lets plays to youtube. Also, it adds a new fun ability to obtain a red dragon (Yes, multiplayer people will fight over the eggs) The dragon could also please the mideaval mincrafters who like to build castles with a chamber with a dragon. Hope Jeb adds this, and please sendthis to him.
11/27/2012 2:34 pm
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if this is true then it is going to be a awsome update
11/27/2012 12:28 pm
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what's this "friends system"?
11/27/2012 12:32 pmhistory
Level 49 : Master Architect
AllYourBlocks's Avatar
Details were sparse, but I got some info - check note 26 above. Hope that helps you out.
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