As part of the annual Minecraft Live celebration, Minecraft developer Mojang made numerous announcements this weekend, including the first things about 2023''s big vanilla Minecraft update.
In a new way to tradition, we didn''t get a title for the update or its whole list of additions, as a result of Mojang''s attempts to deliver everything it has previously promised.
Minecraft''s 2023 update is being referred to as "Minecraft 1.20" and will feature camels, hanging signs, chiseled bookshelves, and bamboo crafting, including the possibility to build a bamboo raft. Camels are a particularly interesting addition, because they can jump fair distances and accommodate two players riding on top.
On the 29th November this year, Minecraft will add a slew of new default skins to the game. These characters will add seven more diverse options to the game''s starting line-up, alongside star performers Steve and Alex.
The other major Minecraft Live announcement centered on Minecraft Legends, the franchise''s next and rather horrifying real-time strategy spin-off, which also is being made by Mojang.
Legends will be released in spring 2023, allowing you (and your friends) to explore a vast procedurally-generated world while riding on top of a Minecraft animal. An extensive portion of gameplay shown at Mineraft Live depicted the player escalating friendly animals and monsters, sending them off to harvest resources, and finally launching them into combat.
In June, I talked with Minecraft game director Agnes Larsson about Mojang''s previously missed deadlines for certain Minecraft additions, which resulted in certain features such as the game''s Deep Dark biome becoming increasingly reshuffled.
"It''s frightening to make decisions like that, even if it was for a good reason," Larsson said at the time. "The community was exceptional in understanding and caring, which we''re incredibly grateful for."
The whole Minecraft Live show on this weekend is to rewatch from start to finish, as well as a tribute to late YouTuber Technoblade, who won the mob vote this year (which went to The Sniffer), and some updates for Minecraft Dungeons.