It’s official! Pandas are now in Minecraft on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 Edition, VR, iOS and Android! It’s the kind of great news that makes us want to celebrate by dancing and singing! Or – better idea – celebrate by supporting an amazing nonprofit, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – also known as World Wide Fund for Nature outside of the US – that help protect pandas. Yeah, let’s do that instead!
WWF is known for their amazing conservation efforts all over the world. Their work with pandas includes researching and monitoring their habitats (can you imagine the video highlights?!), creating bamboo corridors that help pandas travel to protected areas where they can feed and mate freely, as well as working with communities to help engage them in panda conservation. You can learn more about how WWF help pandas here!
This is just a small part of the great work WWF is doing, and we want in! That’s why we’re launching a new campaign in Minecraft. Once our players have collectively placed 10 million bamboo blocks in Minecraft, we’ll donate 100,000 dollars to WWF to help support all their important work!
We’re confident this donation isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Last summer, when we promised to donate 100,000 dollars to The Nature Conservancy if you placed 10 million coral blocks, you managed it in a matter of days! How quickly can you reach the goal this time? We can’t wait to find out and we’ll update our Twitter as soon as you do!.
Before you’re ready to start placing bamboo blocks in Minecraft, perhaps you’d like to look the part? Well, we’re here to help! Today, we’re launching the Paws and Claws Cosplay Pack, letting you look a little more like a sneezing panda, or as swish as a Siamese cat! Give yourself an unfurgettable makeover with 17 cat and panda skins, with 62.5% of the sales going straight to WWF and their amazing work protecting pandas, their habitats and other vulnerable species. Purrrfect!
To learn all about the giant panda (wait, there are mini pandas!?) we spoke to Colby Loucks, Senior Director of WWF’s Wildlife Conservation Program:
Could you tell us more about your work with helping protect panda habitats?
WWF’s giant panda work focuses on protecting pandas in the wild. One way we do that is by working with the Chinese government and local communities to replant trees and bamboo, just like players will be doing in Minecraft. Pandas eat a lot of bamboo (it’s their primary food group), and bamboo grows best when it is shaded by trees, so when we plant both together, we’re expanding panda habitat and helping their diets. WWF also works with local communities to help them develop local businesses– such as beekeeping and homestays for tourists – that way more people benefit from both living near and visiting pandas and other amazing wildlife that share the forests.
Why is it important for us to protect these habitats?
Panda habitat is important for both humans and wildlife. Pandas live in the mountains in areas we call ‘water towers’ – places that collect the rain and filter it into streams. These water towers provide clean water for millions of people and help farmers grow their crops. If these forests were cut down, we’d see some harsh consequences (think catastrophic flooding).
That’s bad news not just to humans and giant pandas, but to many unique species who call that region home – that includes the world’s highest diversity of pheasants and salamanders and endangered species like the golden monkey, takin, and red panda.
That red panda is officially our second-favourite panda! What else can people do to help?
As consumers, people who want to protect species that live in the forests can buy products with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. When the FSC label is on your paper towels, cups, and other wood and paper products, it means those items were sourced from responsibly managed forests that are keeping the health of our wildlife, like the panda, in mind.
You can learn more about some of the amazing wildlife in the forests by visiting worldwildife.org. While you’re there, you can support WWF’s efforts to protect species and habitats around the world by symbolically adopting a panda. We appreciate Minecraft’s support and look forward to engaging Minecraft players on our conservation work around the planet.
IMPORTANT LEGAL STUFF
For every purchase of the Paws & Claws Skin Pack between December 11, 2018 to December 11, 2021, Microsoft will donate all net proceeds (or 62.5%) of its sales of the Paws and Claws Cosplay Pack to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (www.worldwildlife.org). and WWF – Word Wide Fund for Nature. Void where prohibited by law. No portion of purchase or gift is tax deductible.
Minecraft will contribute $100,000.00 to World Wildlife Fund to support their amazing work protecting pandas, their habitats and other vulnerable species once players have placed 10 million bamboo in-game, beginning on December 11th. (Bamboo is only counted in Minecraft versions without “Edition” in the title.) The mission of World Wildlife Fund is protecting the future of nature. More information about WWF is available at www.worldwildlife.org.
So what are you waiting for? Go place some bamboo in Minecraft!
It’s that time of year again… You know the one, it happens every year in December and brings a tear to everybody’s eye… That’s right, it’s the last major snapshot of the year!
Todays snapshot brings us a lot of cool Village related features, and we’re happy to finally get these out to you all before the year’s up. We weren’t able to finish everything we wanted, however, so we’ll see you again soon in January with even more Village & Pillage features to help test!
Have a great new year, everybody!
Changes in 18w50a
- Added Barrel functionality
- Added Blast Furnace functionality
- Added Smoker functionality
- Added Bell sound
- Added Jellie
- New villages
- Updated Villager
- Changes to raids
- Updated some textures
- Fixed bugs
- Acts as a storage unit for all your things
- Works in tight spaces
- New furnace upgrade that allows for the smelting of ores and melting of metals faster than the traditional Furnace.
- Can be crafted via 3 Smooth Stone, 1 Furnace, and 5 Iron Ingots.
- New furnace upgrade that allows for the smelting of foods faster than the traditional Furnace.
- Can be crafted via 4 Logs, and 1 Furnace.
- Added Taiga villages
- Updated Desert villages
- Villagers and Zombie Villagers now have new fancy skins
- Added Mason profession (trades will come later)
- Cured Zombie Villagers retain their trades
- Patrol captains now give 1-3 bad omen levels when killed. Outpost captains always give 1 only
- Captains now spawn at outposts
- Beasts start at wave 2, witches at wave 4, evoker wave 10
Fixed bugs in 18w50a
- MC-138660 – Throwable/Projectile entity item model not apply CustomModelData from model
- MC-139225 – Pillager arms incorrectly positioned when riding or unarmed
- MC-140069 – Banners lose their name when placed (49a: wall only)
- MC-140853 – Being close to the end island causes out of memory and file descriptor exhaustion
Get the snapshot
To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the “Launch Options” tab.
Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.
Cross-platform server jar:
Report bugs here:
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A bonus update for December? IT’S UNHEARD OF. Well, that’s not true, but it’s still great news! Ahead of next year’s Village and Pillage update, we wanted to have a small release with some great new features. This update will be available today for Minecraft on Xbox One, Windows 10 Edition, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch! Playing Minecraft on Java and want to try these features too? Try the new Minecraft Java snapshot!
NEW FOR THIS UPDATE
The panda! This black-and-white delight is forward-rolling into Minecraft. It’s a new mob that’s cute, cuddly, fiercely protective of its children and crazy for bamboo. Just like me! Well, I don’t have any children, but I am furiously protective of my weird bamboo collection, so we’re basically the same.
As if that wasn’t enough, this update also introduces all the redesigned cats, scaffolding and bamboo! But that’s enough, right? It’s not? Seriously? Wow. You lot are greedy. Greedier than a panda that just spawned next to my bamboo garden…
But you’re also as lucky as a panda spawning next to my doomed garden, because you can try the new crossbow and its enchantments in this update! You’ll have to use the ‘activate Experimental Gameplay’ toggle in the world settings to use it. Fire with care!
Realms also now offers a subscription for Xbox players which will make it easier to keep your Realm from expiring. Speaking of Realms, we finally fixed the bug where blazes could one-shot kill you.
This update will be rolling out on all these bedrock platforms today so keep checking! Enjoy!
UPDATE: We’ve updated the Java textures again and want YOU to try them. Download the Version 3.3 texture pack today and let us know what you think! (They’ll be available for Bedrock platforms soon too – we’ll update you when they are!)
Beautiful textures! They’re what stops Minecraft just being a bunch of bland, grey rectangles that nobody likes. Luckily, Minecraft is full of lovely textures that have been getting an intense makeover for the last year, courtesy of Lead Pixel Artist at Mojang, Jasper Boerstra.
Jasper’s been sprucing up the Minecraft textures for a long time now, and waaaaaaay back in January, we released Version 2 of the textures in a downloadable pack. And now, ‘just’ ten months later, it’s time for Version 3!
Minecraft: Java Edition players can try Version Three today! This pack will also be coming to all versions of Minecraft that have the Minecraft Marketplace very soon as a free download and we’ll update this story as soon as it’s available.
This texture pack for Java edition will work a lot like the snapshots we frequently release, so be warned that errors may occur. Here’s how you can install it in Minecraft Java!
- Click this line of snazzy green text to download the texture pack. Easy! You’ll now have a .zip file.
- Copy that .zip file.
- Open Minecraft: Java Edition
- On the main menu, select Options and then Resource Packs.
- Select Open Resource Pack Folder.
- This will open that folder. Now just paste the .zip file you copied earlier into this folder.
- Once it’s finished pasting, close the folder and go back to Minecraft.
- Under Resource Packs, you’ll see a list of Available Resource Packs. Your new texture pack should now be on this list! Select it and you’re done!
Having issues? Try this link for step-by-step instructions for different devices.
To celebrate the new textures, I asked Jasper Boerstra if he’d be so kind as to give Minecraft.net an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW. Because he’s so wonderful and generous, he said yes!
Disclaimer: To make the interview more accessible, the author has chosen to delete 235 of the 237 uses of the word ‘bro’ that occurred during the following conversation:
Tom Stone: Hey bro.
Jasper Boerstra: Sup bro.
Tom: Congratulations on Version 3! What was the main feedback you took on from Version 2?
Jasper: The main feedback that I got is that things were blurry. That was because I’d used the pixel art technique called anti-aliasing. That technique is used in pixel-art to blend things better, but if you over-use it, things tend to get blurry and because Minecraft is such a low-resolution game, if you use too much anti-aliasing it will become blurry at some point.
So in Version 3, I decided to cut back on the anti-aliasing a bit and make things more crisp and more like the original. Also making things look more flatter.
Tom: What’s your process for redesigning a texture?
Jasper: Hoo, that’s a big one! So my process is trying everything, and listening to a lot of feedback from the community. That’s why the beta packs were so important.
I get a lot of feedback and a lot of that feedback is the opposite of each others feedback. So, for example, one group says it’s too cartoony, the other group says it’s too realistic… so which is it? So I have to make a lot of compromises and sometimes I have to sacrifice parts that other people like.
Tom: So do you go by what the majority of players are asking for? Or do you have to use your own instincts a but?
Jasper: There’s always a lot of people on Reddit and Twitter and other active community places and I get a lot of feedback. I listen to feedback that actually resonates with me. if there’s something with a good point, or I feel like everyone agrees then I will look into it and look if there’s a better way to do it.
Tom: How can our lovely players get their feedback to you?
Jasper: You can follow me on Twitter! There’s a link right here. And I read the Reddit threads every day. Also during the weekends, when I’m on the toilet, when I’m cooking, when I’m sleeping…
Mojang Tom: Same location?
Tom: Do you like me?
Jasper: I like you a lot Tom. Will you marry me?
Tom: Perhaps after the interview. Minecraft’s got a massive modding community and people who design their own textures for the game – what tips would you give people who want to redesign textures?
Jasper: You can make whatever textures you want, in whatever style, but the most important thing is to keep it consistent. Everything should have the same kind of techniques used, and you should have some kind of rules in your style. It should be a vision for the entire pack, and it should all be coherent with each other. And use less cubes!
Tom: What have you got against cubes?
Jasper: This is more a personal thing, but I don’t think voxels really fit with the normal blocks in Minecraft. Sometimes I see is very voxel-y mobs – like a lot of tiny cubes in one mob where there’s a block – still a 16×16 Minecraft block. Those are two styles that are very much clashing with each other.
Tom: What’s going to happen with the old textures?
Jasper: These new textures will eventually replace them all and become the default textures of Minecraft. They’re not yet final though, and still in development, that’s why I’m taking in all the community feedback first. The original textures will be available for free later. This might be directly in the game or somewhere else. We haven’t decided yet.
Tom: Why is cobblestone your favourite redesigned texture? It’s not mine.
It was always one of my favourite textures because I love the original cobblestone. I always built with it – if I built in Minecraft, it would be cobblestone and wood logs. That would be basically all my structures, so cobblestone is quite dear to me.
Redesigning it was very tough because everyone loves the original cobblestone for some reason, me included! (Laughs) I don’t know why! It just has this gritty feeling to it. I liked redesigning it because I made over a 100 versions, I think?
Tom: You’re a Pixel Artist. Have you ever thought about becoming a real Artist?
Jasper: Nice. Have you ever thought of becoming a real writer?
Tom: Let’s talk about the Illager Beast! This is the big new mob that’s been available in the last few snapshots.
Jasper: This is a thing that Jens wanted in the game. He wanted to have this gross, terrifying, big beast and it started out with the model that we have right now. He showed it to me when we were working on the Update Aquatic. He was like, “Hey, I have this beast, you need to texture it at some point in the future.” And I was like “Hell yeah! I want to do that!” – because it looked so cool!
I made ten different models – not textures for it, just models – to explore how it could look. But I think the original design, like we have right now in the snapshot, was actually the best one. It just felt good and felt very Minecraft-y, like the simplicity of it. I made a few models that were kind of gorilla-like, and they didn’t really fit, so we decided to use the original model and I had to make a texture for it.
The texture was designed to be a bit like the Evocation Fangs – the biting things that Evokers use. The fangs have a sort of skin texture colour and that I added to the Illager Beast. As if these creatures are related in some way.
Tom: You recently tweeted “Illager Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Would you like to take this opportunity to apologise for that tweet?
Jasper: No, it’s a good tweet! I just hope someone makes a poster of that movie with the Illager Beast head. That’s what I wanted. That’s what I was trying to instigate!
Tom: You also recently tweeted: “One of my dreams is to become a storyboard artist/animator for cartoons. :)” . My dream is to write for cartoons! Shall we resign right now and go and live our dreams together?
Jasper: Um… I still have this job to finish.
Tom: …Fine. Jasper, thanks very much!
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