Mojang have been busy the past couple of weeks fixing tons of bugs and adding some nice new features to our favorite blocky game. We've already discussed the decorative block additions as well as the new mobs being added, but now it's time to focus on the latest additions - the Anvil block for item repair, new options for flatworld generation and the revamped lighting system. Let's take a look…
Even though item repair is already in Minecraft via the very simple “combine two tools in the crafting grid” mechanism, the Anvil block makes it a bit better. For starters it can repair enchanted items, an ability lots of veteran players welcome. It also allows you to rename your item. This combined with the new options to add descriptions to items using an editor is giving map makers a big shiny new thing to play with, and we should see the effects shortly.
This is all nice, but it comes at a price. The anvil itself is pretty expensive (you'll need almost an entire stack of iron to craft it), and repairs and renames cost tons of levels. They are extremely expensive, sometimes even impossible to acquire in any normal amount of gameplay time, making grinders a necessity during the end-game. I suspect this will be balanced before release later this month.
Another great new feature are options for flatworld generation. Remember the little option you had when creating your new world to create a completely flat, green, few blocks high world to play in? It's now much better. You can customize layers of blocks into great detail, and there are even several presets available, like the snowy world seen in the picture below.
Finally, Dinnerbone has been hard at work on the Lighting system in the game, which has been causing lots of bugs in the game lately. He completely rewrote and it's now more beautiful than ever and has less bugs, but it's not complete and there are still some present. No more stair lighting glitches, though! That's a cause for celebration.
All of these new features and changes have been accompanied with tons of bug fixes and balance tweaks, like always, so you can expect your Minecraft experience to become smoother than ever in the latest update. If you can't wait, and want to try the new features right now, you can download the latest snapshot from the link below.Be warned though, this is not for everyone and should only be used by people that know what they're doing. Like Mojang themselves said, “If you don't know where to put or what to do with the file you downloaded, you most likely are not suited to use it.”.
Download the latest Minecraft snapshot 12w41b from the Mojang blog now!
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more 1.4 news in the future, and as always, leave any feedback or questions you might have in the comment section below.