Minecraft 1.19 launches right this moment, loading up the Wild Update’s new biomes, mobs, and technical modifications. It’s the ultimate push of (nearly) all the brand new options that have been initially introduced to gamers throughout Minecraft Live in 2020 and the final of three fairly main updates.

As ever, there are not any secrets and techniques hiding away on launch day, Minecraft game director Agnes Larsson and developer Ulraf Vaknin guarantee me. Mojang is as dedicated to participant suggestions as ever—or else why on earth trouble with snapshot builds, launch candidates, and betas—and the builders talked by means of among the modifications that 1.19 underwent after gamers acquired hands-on.

The harmful Wardens could have morphed probably the most over the course of improvement. “That was a place where we were looking for feedback from both our technical players and our challenge players,” Vaknin explains. When I first tried messing round with the Wardens of their debut snapshot from March, they have been loads scary already. They made a really intense heartbeat noise when agitated, roared in my face, and obliterated each poor rooster I spawned of their path to distract them. 

Now, they’ve a sonic assault too—a ranged capacity emanating from their chests to take care of gamers who discovered the right way to craftily creep out of their lengthy arm’s attain. The Skulk, these new snitch-y, Warden-summoning blocks discovered within the Deep Dark biome, additionally underwent modifications primarily based on suggestions from gamers who love the redstone tech facet of Minecraft. 

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Minecraft update: What’s new?
Minecraft skins: New seems to be
Minecraft mods:  Beyond vanilla
Minecraft shaders: Spotlight
Minecraft seeds: Fresh new worlds
Minecraft texture packs: Pixelated
Minecraft servers: Online worlds
Minecraft instructions: All cheats

“It’s a bit technical,” Vaknin says, happening to clarify that the Skulk sensors went from registering the primary sound sensed within the code, however now reply to the primary that is closest to it. “We saw some contraptions that players tried to build and they didn’t work because of that quirkiness in the code and we adjusted it to something that feels more intuitive.”

Feedback additionally continues to have a huge effect on concepts that Mojang strikes away from. Leading as much as the Wild Update, fireflies (initially pitched as frog meals in Minecraft Live 2020) have been a stunning level of competition, a lot so {that a} current Q&A video on new Wild Update options was titled “What happened to the fireflies in Minecraft 1.19?

In that video, producer Anna Lundgren defined that gamers had identified how fireflies could be toxic to frogs. In our chat, Larsson and Vaknin elaborate that it wasn’t simply gamers who sounded the alarm. “I got reached out to by pet shop owners who said this is already a problem with people not getting educated about this and there’s memes about frogs eating fireflies,” Vaknin says. “So people already make this mistake and if Minecraft amplifies this mistake that makes it so much worse.”

“We reach millions of players,” Larsson says. “And that should come with great responsibility. We realized if we release a feature like fireflies that are poisonous to frogs and we have frogs eating them, that actually might lead to people killing their real life frogs.”

We attain thousands and thousands of gamers, and that ought to include nice accountability.

Minecraft game director Agnes Larsson

My intestine intuition is to defend builders altering their minds about in-development options for almost any motive, however Larsson’s extra measured rationalization might be the smarter one. Minecraft has been greater than only a game for years at this level, advertising itself as an academic instrument as properly. New Minecraft options aren’t simply beholden to Bedrock vs Java editions or PC vs Xbox interfaces, Mojang additionally has to contemplate its roles as each leisure and training for its large viewers of younger children.

Without fireflies appearing as frog meals, Larsson says that the scope of the brand new bugs was massively smaller. Mojang determined to nix them completely for now, sending them again to the grand thought catalogue, and deal with the standard of different options within the pipeline.

As for what they’re personally wanting ahead to in new 1.19 options, Vaknin is worked up about seeing new Allay associates flying round homes and builds. Larsson, a participant after my very own coronary heart, is psyched about discovering new mangrove swamps and creating new builds with the reddish mangrove wooden set and dust blocks.

Minecraft 1.19 launches right this moment with an extended checklist of patch notes, and could be discovered as a brand new accessible model in your Minecraft Launcher. Today additionally occurs to be the day that every one Minecraft gamers may have entry to each Java and Bedrock variations of the game, even when they solely beforehand owned one or the opposite.