Though Minecrafters have almost always been able to join each other’s worlds via what we at Inside Gaming like to call the “Internet”, the developers over at Mojang have decided that LAN support for single player worlds was a feature worth implementing — and that’s fine by me.
This comes via a snapshot update for Minecraft on the PC, detailed over on the Mojang blog, and simply means that players on the same local connection can join the game of another Minecraftinite on the same network.
That’s right, no IP addresses required.
It’s still very much a work in progress, but this update provides a good framework for what could be a very dependable LAN setup for friends who simply want to Minecraft it up together in one household.
Other additions/changes include:
- You can now use “/publish” to open your single-player game for LAN friends to join. This is still very much work in progress, so it lacks some necessary settings such as what game mode your friends will get, and if they should be able to use cheats or not. Also, the “/publish” command is temporary, you can’t even access it if you haven’t enabled cheats =)
- The Ender Chest has been changed to have an inventory per player and not per world. Also, knocking down the chest will break it into 8 obsidian, unless you have Silk Touch.
- The texture pack folder button now works on Mac
- A lot of smaller changes and fixes
[via Mojang Blog]