Minecon 2015: New Features Coming to Minecraft

During Minecon in London earlier today, the Upcoming Features Panel revealed several new changes and additions the game will be seeing in Update 1.9.
  1. During Minecon in London earlier today, the Upcoming Features Panel revealed several new changes and additions the game will be seeing in Update 1.9, and shared some news about the Pocket Edition too.

    Developer Mojang’s Owen Hill, Daniel Wustenhoff, Tommaso Checchi, Jens Bergensten and Nathan Adams spent an hour talking about the new features they have in store, including a harder-to-beat Ender Dragon as the end boss of the PC version. Adams promised a harder challenge this time: "The Ender Dragon right now in the PC edition is not right. You go to the end, you break a few blocks, then you hit him over the head a couple of times." It will also be possible to respawn the dragon if the necessary items are crafted.


    There will also be a new area entirely, replacing the current end game island. The new location will be more like the Nether, with resources to gather and treasures to find. One example is a new type of tree that can be mined for "chorus fruit", which in turn can be used to create new types of blocks. The area has a yellow, purple and black color scheme, so it will definitely stand out from the rest. A new mob called the Shulker will shoot projectiles at players that bounce off walls and travel round corners. These projectiles can be used to reach higher ground, as a player hit by them will levitate. Unless the fall damage kills them if they are unaware or miss the landing spot.


    Another welcome addition to the game is the ability to dual-wield. Whether it is a pickaxe and a torch or, another new feature, a shield and a sword, this will make both mining and fighting easier, and potentially more fun. Other nice additions are the ability to enchant arrows, the creation of levitation potions and finally, they are adding customizable banners. Among other things, find the rest of the new features here.


    Mojang will soon release an update to smartphones and tablets adding the main game’s Nether region, complete with mobs and items. It was also confirmed that the Minecraft: Pocket Edition will have the ability to make redstone circuits by the end of this year. The Realms server service is also on its way. None of these new features have a set date for release yet, so we will just have to wait patiently for all of this awesomeness to arrive.

    Sources: MinecraftForum, IBtimes

    How will these changes affect your Minecraft experience? Am I the only one exited to run around with a sword and shield, finally?

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  1. Vizionz4D
    People besides 12 year olds still play this? Damn i remember when i used to love minecraft when i was like 12 or 11 lol
    1. B1ake
      And what you are 15 now? Sick dude
    2. Vizionz4D
      Yea the game is always the same thing and their vision for the game is never gonna change. IMO i think the game was meant for little kids but if u like minecraft then thats not my problem lol
    3. Arxhive
      The game is made for creative people.
  2. BladedMallet223
    Nice article Sparfire, can't wait for the update :biggrin:
  3. Devin_Thor
    trippy - jesse pinkman
  4. monster345
    Whoa man. i still remember playing the beta 1.7 version. its been a long way from there huh
  5. Gray Ice 13
    I can't wait for all of this to come to the Xbox 360/One versions in 2017.

    Also, congrats on the update, all 100 people that play Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
  6. Skype
    So sick, can't wait!
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  7. Yelawolf
    This is amazing! All the new stuff coming in. I wonder if Notch ever thought about anything like this when he was leader..?
    1. Klantra
      Notch may have been the one holding them back. He wasn't the most popular leader.
    2. Yelawolf
      Klantra Very true, Never thought of that. But still basically the next big thing for Minecraft.
  8. Speedball
    Not bad. Sounds like Minecraft will bring an update that makes me want to come back and play a bit :biggrin:
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  9. Arxhive
    Nice to know that these new features will come to Xbox in five years or so.
    1. Sparfire
      Pretty awesome, huh? Good thing we can play Batman while we wait.
    2. (-_-)
      Won't it come faster now that Microsoft bought Mojang?
    3. Arxhive
      No. It was a huge wait for the last MCXB1 update. Too busy with Hololens.