Following through on their promise of streamlined, consistent updates for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, the team at 4J Studios recently shed some light on the first update coming to the Xbox iteration of the popular, blocky sensation that is Markus “Notch” Persson’s brain-child.
Speaking with OXM, 4J Studios’ Paddy Burns shared that the next update for Minecraft will be the equivalent of the Beta 1.7.3 PC version, which includes piston functionality – which was a significant addition if you played on PC, and even more so if you were into the technical system aspects of Redstone.
“We’re implementing the features from the Beta 1.7.3 version at the moment, and it’s nowhere near as tricky as the 1.8.2 changes will be,” said Burns.
“There are no big architecture changes with the move to 1.7.3, so it’s been quite straightforward. The move to 1.8.2 is much more challenging.”
For those unfamiliar with update-speak, the 1.8 version of Minecraft on PC was originally titled the “Adventure Update”, featuring additions like NPCs, pre-built villages to explore, and more environmental biomes to roam around in.
Another significant addition was Creative Mode, which made the player invincible, as well as offer them infinite blocks of their choosing and the ability to fly (to make mega-builds all the simpler). It was designed to draw a line in the sand (or sand blocks, if you will) between creating in Creative Mode, and surviving in Survival mode.
All of this 4J Studios plans to bring to the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft.
“This is going to be the most difficult update due to the sheer amount of changes, and also the underlying architecture changes that come with it. We’re looking forward to the challenge!”
While the Xbox port won’t house all the features of the PC version, it will house many of them. Or as Burns better puts it: “The game isn’t Minecraft on the Xbox, it is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, so it isn’t really a direct port of the PC game.”
Well, good luck and good crafting everyone, I’ll inform you the moment we receive word of this update’s arrival. Excelsior!