NekoJonez: Minecraft 1.7 – The Biome Update?

The official Arpegi wallpaper.
The official Arpegi wallpaper.

I’m not used of Mojang that they release so much information and barely on one place. Since the newest version of Minecraft will be a biome update, I thought I could keep track of it with snapshots and/or blog posts. But sadly enough, it has been a while since Minecraft saw that. So,  I actually took the time to check both Dinnerbone and Jeb’s twitter and combine every new feature or hinted things here in one blog for you Neko’s/Minecrafters/ButtonSmashers/… to check out. Feel free to talk in the comments about your opinions of this update. Also, what should they add? And what has been added since the writing of this blog? And have I skipped over something? Anyways, let’s start!

Dinnerbone’s twitter

1) Better control of the volume.


The latest hint of Dinnerbone we got was that you might be able in the feature to slide certain sounds and part of the music without having to disturb other parts.

Which is extremely handy. Hopefully this can clear up a lot of the confusion how to make music discs sound louder. Since till this day, I’m still not sure which slider to raise if the music disc is too silent. Plus, you need to restart the music disc to hear the change. This also brings that you now can have all your particles on without being disturbed by the rain sound. Great update for the MindCrack guys, the server where it “always” rains.

2) (Higher size for) resource packs.


So, according to one of the tweets, the maximum allowed size of resource packs has been raised. For 10mb to 50mb. So, there will be more sounds and textures possible.

Also, it seems that they worked on server-side resource packs for 1.7!

But wait, there is more. Look to this screenshot that Dinnerbone posted. There is a whole new screen for the resource packs. It looks pretty amazing. Looks also at this GIF Dinnerbone posted:

In addition to that, if I read it correctly, you can have two resources packs on at the same time. Great to have a sound and texture pack that are two separate packs. (According to Dinnerbone)

3) Better server overview screen?

For those who not know it yet, you can use a trick to re-order your server list. With holding shift and the arrow keys you can move them up and down. But Dinnerbone said that, without promises, he is going to look into it.

Jeb’s twitter

1) Biome tweaks

Finally, after such a long time they finally worked on the biomes. With new biomes, the oceans are now smaller. Instead of me writing a whole list here of the things they did already, I refer you guys and girls to the one of the latest blog posts of Mojang where Jeb explains most of the upcoming tweaks and such with the biomes.

Oh, and there might be floating islands?

And cliffs:

2) New flowers (like sun flowers)


Like you already can read in the blog that I mentioned earlier, there are going to be new flowers. And sun flowers as well.

According to Jeb is this the new way of telling which direction you are facing. North from South or West from East. How this will work exactly is still a mystery.

But it’s pretty exciting! That’s for sure!

3) Lighting?

Man, those dark spots, don’t you hate them? Well, fear no more! Mojang has finally fixed them.

Final thoughts

Well, that’s the most I could get out of the twitter pages. Since I cut off my article here, I’m sure that I missed a lot of things but I think I got the most important and biggest updates.

I’m extremely happy about the upcoming patch and I’m glad that this update will be more then just a biome update. It’ll be the main attraction but having a better menu, improved resource packs and such things is pretty welcome. Great job guys!

Anyways, NekoJonez out! Have a great block— I mean Minecraft day.

About NekoJonez

I'm a Dutch video game blogger. I play old and new games. On my blog I give my opinion and views on them. These are my personal views. I say what I think. I also talk about more then just games. I talk and discuss the gaming industry or elements of games. To get to know me better, you should come on my blog. :) Keep the most up to date with me on my twitter: Reviews, first impressions and more. Visit my blog: Besides blogging, I also act on stage, have a job in education, play games and study to become a better IT guy.
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