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Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft

Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.

It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3

Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that.

We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach. We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.

Why did you sell Minecraft?
Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.

As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.

There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.

Minecraft means many different things to millions of people across the world, and to each and every Mojangsta. We feel that this is the best way for everyone – you guys included – to benefit.

What about the other editions of Minecraft? Will they stop being developed?
There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.

We’re extremely proud of all editions and the awesome things you have achieved through playing together.

Is the game going to change? Will we still be able to make videos, mods, awesome builds, and all the cool stuff we’ve created over the past few years?
Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development. We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been. Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests.

What about the Mojang staff? What’s happening to you guys?
Though it’s too early to confirm which of us will continue working on Minecraft or other projects, we predict that the vast majority (if not all) Mojangstas will continue to work at Mojang for the time being.

The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.

What’s happening to the other Mojang projects, like Scrolls?
We don’t know yet. We’ll share any news as soon as we do.

Will you still be able to tweet about features and interact with the community on a personal level, just like you’ve done over the years?
Yes! That’s not going to change.

How much money was the company bought for?
Microsoft acquired Mojang for a smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars.

Thanks for reading everybody.

Owen – @bopogamel, Lydia – @lydiawinters, and the Mojangstas.

Source Article from https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition now available hoo!


Yeay! Minecraft for Xbox One is available to download from Xbox Marketplace! Here are some questions and answers to celebrate.

I’ve bought Minecraft for my Xbox 360 but now I want it on my Xbox One. Help me!

  • If you’ve bought Xbox 360 digitally, or played online with the the disc version, you can upgrade to Xbox One Edition for just $4.99. Log into the Xbox Marketplace to upgrade.
  • You can import your existing Xbox 360 world to Xbox One Edition. To so that, load up Xbox 360 Edition, upload your world to the Excellent Xbone Extra Cool Cloud  (not the official name), then re-download it from inside Xbox One Edition.
  • All of your existing Xbox 360 DLC will work on Xbox One Edition.
  • You can’t play cross-platform between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Sad but true.

I’ve never played Minecraft on my Xbox 360. I am exotic tree puncher? Where is gunz? 

  • Minecraft for Xbox One will cost $19:99 from the Xbox Marketplace.
  • It’s a friendly and fun game that’s very popular with cool people across the world.
  • It features sheep, other animals, blocks, and tools. You can build cool stuff. You can go on adventures with friends. It’s really pretty if you catch it at the right time. You probably know this by now, considering you’re on the Mojang blog, and I posted this information a few days ago when discussing other versions.
  • Xbox One Edition features bigger worlds and an improved draw distance than Xbox 360 Edition. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry. Just load up Minecraft and have fun.

I hate Xboxes! Where’s the Sony love? I am angry about this.

It’s been a busy week! Have fun playing Minecraft and be nice to each other on the internet please.

Owen – @bopogamel and the Mojangers

Source Article from https://mojang.com/2014/09/minecraft-xbox-one-edition-now-available-hoo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minecraft-xbox-one-edition-now-available-hoo

Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition now available woo!


Yeay! If you’re in Europe, you can download Minecraft for Playstation 4 right now. It’ll be available in the US very soon. Here are some questions and answers to celebrate!

I’ve bought Minecraft for my Playstation 3 but now I want it on my Playstation 4. Help me!

  • If you’ve bought Playstation 3 Edition digitally, or played online with the the disc version, you can upgrade to Playstation 4 Edition for just $4.99. Log into the PSN store to upgrade.
  • You can import your existing Playstation 3 worlds to Playstation 4 Edition. To do that you’ll need to load up Playstation 3 Edition, upload your world to the Magical Minecraft Cloud Land (not the official name), then re-download it from inside Playstation 4 Edition.
  • You can’t play cross-platform between Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Sad but true.

I’ve never played Minecraft on my Playstation 3. What Kreeper plox? Why are dig?

  • Minecraft for Playstation 4 will cost $19:99 from the PSN store.
  • It’s a friendly and fun game that’s very popular with cool people across the world.
  • It features sheep, other animals, blocks, and tools. You can build cool stuff. You can go on adventures with friends. It’s really pretty if you catch it at the right time. You probably this by now, considering you’re on the Mojang blog.
  • Playstation 4 Edition features bigger worlds and an improved draw distance than the Playstation 3 version. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry. Just load up Minecraft and have fun.

What about Vita Edition? I want to play on my Vita.

  • Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition should be with us in a few weeks. As soon as we have a more accurate date we’ll let you know. Sorry for the delay. If you already own Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition you get it for free.

What about the Xbox One Version? When it that out? I’m extremely angry about this.

  • Don’t be angry. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be out this Friday. Then you can play it until your fingers drop off. Sorry for the delay, but releasing a game for multiple consoles around the world during the same week is really hard.

That’s it for now! Enjoy Minecraft, and be nice to each other on the internet, yeah?

Owen – @bopogamel and the Mojangers

Source Article from https://mojang.com/2014/09/minecraft-playstation-4-edition-now-available-woo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minecraft-playstation-4-edition-now-available-woo

Minecraft 1.8 – The Bountiful Update

The 1.8 update is now published to the launcher! Your game should be updated automatically.

See this post for a list of changes and features: Pre-release info

Get the cross-platform server jar here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8/minecraft_server.1.8.jar

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team

Source Article from https://mojang.com/2014/09/minecraft-1-8-the-bountiful-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minecraft-1-8-the-bountiful-update

Minecraft 1.8 Pre-release 3 – The Bountiful Update

Minecraft 1.8

Pre-release 1.8-pre3 is now available and fixes the following issues:

  • [Bug MC-61844] – Creepers target Iron Golems, causing terrain damage without interaction of a player
  • [Bug MC-62066] – String duplication glitch
  • [Bug MC-66511] – Creeper’s new Attack Golem AI takes priority over Avoid Ocelot/Cat
  • [Bug MC-69052] – Hang up when move out of 30,000,000
  • [Bug MC-69638] – Combined minecart explosions duplicating destroyed armor stands’ items and creating ghost items

Pre-release 1.8-pre2 is now available and fixes the following issues:

  • [Bug MC-46082] – Crashes when populating a chunk with empty (void) columns
  • [Bug MC-57926] – Thrown splash potions have the colour of water
  • [Bug MC-64521] – Inverted Daylight Sensor doesn’t drop anything when mined
  • [Bug MC-67626] – Item frames do not work outside 524289 x -524288 coordinates
  • [Bug MC-68718] – Placing Redstone dust on certain other objects destroy the object
  • [Bug MC-68726] – Skin is using wrong model
  • [Bug MC-68740] – Cannot Summon Fireball/WitherSkull With/Without Direction (Unable To Summon Object)
  • [Bug MC-68748] – Crash: Command “Summon SmallFireball” on Mobs!


It’s time for us to pre-release the next major Minecraft update, the Bountiful Update! This will bring Minecraft to version 1.8, and should be officially be published in the launcher on Tuesday, September 2. This is the update that to date has taken the longest time to create (over 300 days), and is the result of many, many changes.

These changes consist of both new features, and large game structure changes such as replacing the hard-coded “block renderer” with a system that is able to read block shapes from data files, or performance enhancements such as multi-threading the client-side chunk rendering. We hope you will enjoy it!

Here’s a list of the major changes in the game:

  • Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
  • Added Slime Block
  • Added Iron Trapdoor
  • Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
  • Added the Ocean Monument
  • Added Red Sandstone
  • Added Banners
  • Added Armor Stands
  • Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
  • Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
  • Added Endermite mob
  • Added Rabbits, with item drops
  • Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
  • Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
  • Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
  • Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
  • Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
  • Added one new achievement
  • Added “Customized” world type
  • Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
  • Worlds can now have a world barrier
  • Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
  • Added /blockdata command
  • Added /clone command
  • Added /execute command
  • Added /fill command
  • Added /particle command
  • Added /testforblocks command
  • Added /title command
  • Added /trigger command
  • Added /worldborder command
  • Added /stats command
  • Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
  • Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
  • Added three new statistics
  • Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
  • Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
  • Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
  • Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
  • Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
  • Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
  • Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
  • Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
  • Villager trading has been rebalanced
  • Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
  • Considerable faster client-side performance
  • Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
  • Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
  • Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
  • Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
  • Tweaked the F3 debug screen
  • Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
  • Server list has been improved
  • A few minor changes to village and temple generation
  • Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
  • Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
  • Lots and lots of other changes
  • LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
  • Removed Herobrine

The pre-release is available if you have activated development versions in the launcher.

Sincerely, the Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams


PS. If you need the default Steve? skin (oh, I wonder why…), you can download it here: steve.png

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8-pre3/minecraft_server.1.8-pre3.jar

Report bugs here:

Source Article from https://mojang.com/2014/08/minecraft-1-8-pre-release-the-bountiful-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minecraft-1-8-pre-release-the-bountiful-update

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