This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The next major update to Minecraft, Caves and Cliffs, has been announced at the annual celebration of Minecraft Live.
One of its themes is a major expansion of cave exploration. Significant variations will be added to the caves, including lush caves, covered with its own vegetation, dripstone caves with new blocks of Stalagmites hanging down, vast underground lakes with rapids, waterfalls, and rafts, and giant crystal geodes whose walls are made of amethyst crystals.
New mobs (creatures) include the powerful Warden, who has no eyes and uses vibrations to find and track the player, and pink axolotls who can be captured from underground lakes with a bucket and protect the player in a pack.
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Other features include a new type of ore called copper ore, the creation of more lawful veins, a new redstone circuitry called Skulk Stone that can be found underground and detects vibrations, an Archaeological system that uses brushes instead of pickaxes to unearth artifacts and recreate them from fragments, new and rugged mountainous terrains not seen before, dangerous powder snow that looks like it can be walked on but falls off, mountain goats that adapt to steep terrain with their high jumping ability, and Bundle that allow you to store items together. A number of new elements will be added to the game.
From explorers to architects, this update adds new fun to the diverse ways of playing Minecraft in general.
While there are other worlds in Minecraft, such as the subterranean Nether of flowing lava, and the End which is a series of floating islands in dark space, the Caves and Cliffs update adds cave variations of the so-called Overworld.
One of the new cave terrains, lush caves, is a terrain where plants hang from high ceilings and can be climbed up and down. Some of the new plants and flowers can be collected and used, creating a unique ecosystem.
This is a huge cave whose walls are made of crystals. It is considered to be one of the rarest and hardest to find new cave formations.
The Warden is a new hostile mob that is added to the cave. It has no eyes and cannot be spotted visually, but it is a powerful enemy that senses the vibrations of the player's movement and item effects and follows you everywhere, even if your vision does not pass through it.
A new block of Skulk Sensor available under the ground. It detects vibrations at a small distance and emits a redstone signal.
It can be used as a proximity sensor in a variety of applications, such as by blocking it with wool to give it directionality, or by transmitting the signal as a "wireless redstone" since it can also detect vibrations at a distance.
A new mob, the Axolotls, also appears in underground lakes.
It has a somewhat comical and cute appearance that is typical of Minecraft mobs, such as its detached eyes, but it is carnivorous and attacks other mobs. They can be caught in a bucket, and sometimes form groups in the water to protect the player.
The differences in water quality don't seem to be a particular concern, and they work well when you take them to another underwater biome, such as an ocean other than underground lakes.
Archaeology is a new system that allows you to mine for valuable ruins and artifacts. Once you find an excavation site, you can use a new item, a brush instead of a pickaxe, to carefully brush away the dirt to obtain ancient vases and shards.
As with the new mineral copper ore, one of the themes of the update is to make mining more strategic.
Another highlight is the addition of copper ore after iron, gold, diamonds, and emeralds. Copper can be smelted and used for a variety of crafts.
If you build a house with a roof made of copper blocks, it will gradually rust and patina over time, turning a bright green color.
The green of patina is that color familiar from the Statue of Liberty, the Great Buddha in Kamakura, the Nikolai Hall in Tokyo's Kanda, and the roof of the Nippon Budokan (although the Budokan was renovated in 2020 to aluminum and stainless steel).
It's also common in historic buildings in Japan, but according to the creators of Minecraft's developer Mojang in Sweden, many of the buildings in the local Stockholm townscape have copper roofs, and even in Sweden, greenery is a historical image.
By introducing the nature of copper blocks slowly turning green in the world of Minecraft, the company aims to convey the history of buildings.
One of the new craft items that can be made from copper is the lightning rod. As well as preventing damage from lightning strikes, it could also be used to deliberately create an "extremely rare form of XX struck by lightning that has been altered".
This is the new Telescope, a new item crafted from the crystals available in the cave.
The mountain biome also has new generation rules, steep new terrain, and dangerous traps with the addition of a new block of powdered snow that can fall down when you think it's passable. Mountainous terrain has also been added with high jumping, adapted mob goats.
Minecraft's next major update, Caves and Cliffs, will be available in 2021. There will not be a major update at the end of this year.
New elements such as complex mechanics with blocks of a new nature and archaeological digs are also dreamy, but in a way, it's a welcome update that returns with a renewed power-up of the essential discovery fun that's been around since the very beginning of Minecraft, new worlds beyond the caves you accidentally find and the fun of exploring.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.