Minecraft

A huge console update for ‘Minecraft’ is on its way, including game features previously released for the PC version of the title. Expect new mobs, biomes and block types to arrive soon.
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Gamers playing Minecraft on consoles are in for a huge update soon, and will finally get some of the features available only on the game’s PC version.

The update, called Update 31, will go live soon on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation Vita and will include a host of new mobs (or moving beings within the game), including Chicken Jockeys, Rabbits, Guardians, Endermites and Elder Guardians.

Other new features include new biomes: now players will have access to Mesa, Mega Taiga, Roofed Forest, Birch Forest, Forest, Savanna, Extreme Hills+, Deep Ocean, Snowless Taiga and 20 new Technical Biomes. In Minecraft, biomes are regions within a world that have a variety of geographical features.

For players who love to fish, there’s now new “particle effects” with bubbles that happen while doing so. Even better, fishing may now result in catching treasure, which ranges from certain kinds of fish to enchanted items to junk.

Villagers also get an update: now, they have “additional professions and trading schemes.” They can also now harvest crops and only breed when they’re up for it (although the player can bribe villagers to breed by giving them food). Villagers struck by lightning, though, become witches.

The update also features new types of blocks, new items and new structures, all outlined on the official Minecraft forum.

Many of these new features are already available on the PC version of the game. There’s no release date yet for the console update to go live, but it’s expected to arrive soon.

Minecraft’s developers are working on new PC features, too, including dual wielding, enchanted arrows and some changes to The End.

Minecraft is a sandbox video game that lets players create their own virtual worlds with blocks, while exploring other worlds, crafting and battling other players. Originally released in 2009, Minecraft now boasts over 100 million players worldwide. The game is available on a variety of platforms, including PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS and Android.

Throughout its history, Minecraft has received multiple awards, including five awards during the 2011 Game Developers Conference. In 2014, Microsoft announced its acquisition of the title.

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