In a recent post, Mojang’s own Jeb_ announced a projected release date for Update 1.3, namely 1st of August, 2012. No other major update was that long in the making, but we can expect loads of it, too!

 

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The road is paved for the Modding API, bringing the end of Singleplayer as it is upon us. But fear not, it will run as a local server instead, making updates and support a much easier task! Furthermore there will be hundreds of fixes for all kinds of bugs and problems, many of them in multiplayer, such as the visibility of enchanted items and the block cracking animation, which can both be seen by anybody now, instead of just by the client.

 

Below I listed the most important changes already occurring in the on-going snapshots (in a somewhat chronological order, starting with the latest):

 

  • Performance improvements, including reduced CPU, RAM & bandwidth requirements.

 

  • Updated Pistons to make them less error-prone, thus they also appear to update slower. This also altered the way Pistons work, so you might have to adapt your repeater delays and similar.

 

  • Signs are stackable up to 16.
    • Crafting them now gives 3 signs instead of 1 with the same recipe.

 

  • Boats now drop the boat item when destroyed by a player.
    • In creative mode, Boats and Minecarts are destroyed in one click.

 

  • Gaining Experience from mining ore is now different for each type of ore. (Mining Coal will give you the least amount while Diamond Ore & Emerald Ore will give the most amount of XP).
    • Fortune enchantments no longer affect Experience drop rates

 

 

  • The Debug (F3) Pie chart now shows the game rendering performance (White)

 

  • Nether Wart can now grow in the Overworld and The End

 

  • Fixed torches at the top of 1x1 vertical shafts not lighting up their own block.

 

  • Monsters can now spawn on upside down slabs

 

  • Silverfish under the poison effect will spawn Silverfish from nearby Monster Eggs more quickly.

 

  • Removed the Sand and Gravel duplication glitch.

 

  • Fixed the arrow representing the player on the map item not pointing in the right direction

 

 

  • Added wooden stairs for the remaining three wood types (spruce, birch and jungle).

 

  • Redstone (including repeaters, torches, levers, and pressure plates), Torches and Rails can now be placed on top of upside down slabs and stairs.

 

  • Removed the downwards knockback while drowning.

 

  • Pigs now drop 1-3 Porkchops instead of 0-2.

 

  • Potentially improved memory usage.

 

  • The /tpcommand now allows teleporting to specified coordinates.
    • The syntax for this is /tp [target player] .

 

  • The "sky" in The End has changed; it is now purple instead of greenish.

 

  • Fixed Villagers not showing hearts around them when mating

 

 

 

  • Allowed those connected to a player's LAN network to join SP games

 

  • The player can now place Levers on the underside of blocks, upside-down.

 

  • Boatsadjusted
    • Boats can accelerate to faster than previous speeds.
    • Boats are now easier to control.

 

  • Wooden Pressure Plates detect arrows.

 

  • The player can now see the cracking effect on blocks when other players mine blocks in multiplayer.

 

  • Stairs now have the correct hitbox.

 

  • Armor and Tool enchantments now show to other players on multiplayer.

 

 

 

  • Enchantment system has been rebalanced
    • The maximum enchantment level has been lowered from 50 to 30.
    • Various actions will now reward the player with Experience Orbs, such as mining ores (except Gold Ore and Iron Ore), using furnaces, and getting achievements
    • Shift-clicking now works with enchantment tables.
    • It now takes 825 experience to reach level 30.
    • The first 16 levels are linear, while level 17+ require more points per level to the maximum level of 30 (although one can still have more than 30 XP levels to spend).

 

  • Smelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.

 

  • Added Jungle temples.

 

  • Added Tripwire Hooks.
    • String can now be placed to create a tripwire between the hooks
    •  Tripwire is now activated by most entities, including arrows (but not an eye of ender or a Bottle o' Enchanting).
    • The max distance has been increased to 40 blocks.

 

  • Some minor terrain changes.

 

  • Added an "adventure" game mode (/gamemode 2).
    • The player cannot break or place any blocks.
    • The player can interact with any blocks, like doors and levers, and can buy from Villagers.
    • The player can still damage mobs.

 

  • Rain will slowly drip through leaves.

 

  • Extremely rarely, Nether Portals will spawn Zombie Pigmen

 

  • When exposed to rain, Cauldrons have a possibility of slowly filling with water

 

  • Half-slabs can now be placed upside-down when pointing at the upper half of the side of a block. This does not work with stairs.

 

  • Fixed Enderman often not shaking and opening their jaws when looked at.

 

 

 

  • New inventory screen in Creative mode.
    • Blocks and items are sorted by category, each category in its own tab.

 

  • Saving and Loading chunks is slightly faster.

 

  • Chainmail Armor is now available in-game.

 

 

  • Added Ender Chest.
    • Now has an inventory per player and not per world. Also, knocking down the chest will break it into 8 obsidian, unless the player has Silk Touch enchantment

 

  • Added Emerald.

 

  • Added Emerald Ore.

 

  • Added Block of Emerald.

 

 

  • Added Villager Trading.
    • Villagers may remove a trade option after it has been used at least 3 times.

 

  • Made Buckets stackable.

 

  • While sitting inside of a minecart pushing the directional keys will make it move the direction you are pressing. This will only work while the minecart is sitting on rails.

 

  • NPC Villages change style according to their biome.

 

  • Starsare more realistic.
    • They are now slightly smaller and slightly brighter.

 

  • Changed Gravel texture.

 

  • Added Pyramids.

 

  • Added a second Golden Apple made with Blocks of Gold.
    • After being consumed, the player receives 30 second Regeneration IV, plus Resistance and Fire Resistance for 5 minutes.

 

  • Added Sandstone Stairs

 

  • Dispensers will eject Water and Lavasource blocks (from buckets)
    • Will also take water and lava source blocks if there is an empty bucket inside

 

  • Boats will now pass through lilypads without breaking the boat; the lilypad drops as an item instead.

 

 

  • Added Cocoa Plantsto jungles.
    • Cocoa Beans are now obtainable in jungle tree leaves.

 

  • Added a Large Biomes World Type.

 

  • Added specific names for the different sandstone and stone bricks.

 

  • Cookies now recover 2 points of hunger rather than 1.

 

 

  • Blocks placed in an empty chunk in the end are invisible until reconnecting.
  • Sounds do not play if they originated more than 16 blocks away. Examples: TNT, Ghasts, Noteblocks.
  • Due to Singleplayer acting as a server, the debug information provided F3 does not correctly display the World Seed. This prevents the player from obtaining his/her seed without using a mod or third-party tool.
  • No matter what your world option on cheats, they're always on.
  • Mobs spin in circles while on cocoa plants.

 

  • Separated server logic and client. Singleplayer is now a local server.

 

  • Wooden tools work in furnaces as one full furnace use.

 

  • Hardcore Mode is now available in multiplayer.

 

  • Added names for Wooden Planks and logs (e.g, Oak Wood or Spruce Wood Planks).

 

  • Fixed being unable to switch tools of the same kind in your inventory.

 

  • Fixed water destroying non-solid blocks when breaking them from above.

 

 

  • Editable Books - Book and Quill, crafted using a Book, Feather, and Ink Sac.

 

  • Wooden slabs for each of the four shades of wood added
    • These new slabs no longer act like stone
      • An axe should be used to break them
      • They are no longer immune to fire and lava
    • Wooden slabs created in older versions of Minecraft are still stone-like and fireproof and will not change to the new slabs when placed or mined.

 

  • Leather is now required to craft Books.

 

  • Silk touch can now retrieve Ice blocks and Glass Panes.

 

  • Ice no longer turns into water in the Nether.

 

  • In the menu, Chat Options were added.
    • Added chat opacity, letting the chat be semi-transparent.
    • Added chat disabling, removing the chat for SMP servers.
    • Added chat colors option.
    • Added "Only Commands" mode to chat.

 

  • /help added.

 

  • Various Bugfixes, some regarding entity collision, the pick block function, and chat.
    • Livestock, such as chickens, can now be "walked through" instead of pushing the player around in crowded pens

 

  • Saplings now have their proper names.

 

  • All Wooden Slabs appear as the Oak slab when placed upside down. This is purely visual.
  • The Sound and the Music volume aren't displayed correctly.
  • Wooden Slabs spend light when placed before 12w17a.

 

  • Added a demo mode for non-premium users (won’t be available until the full update).
    • In the language files, new text was added for the demo mode. The demo mode will last for 6 in-game days (about 1 hour and 40 minutes) according to the language files. It also teaches the player how to use the controls and how to begin playing.

 

  • Added bonus chestoption to create world screen.
    • When enabled, starts the user off with a chest nearby containing tools, items, and blocks helpful to starting a survival game
    • You can have no a Bonus Chest in Hardcore mode.

 

  • Stackable items now stack outside inventory when thrown to the ground individually.

 

  • Shift + clicking can now be used to wear armor.

 

  • Brewing Stands and Enchantment Tables allow use of shift clicking to put items in it.

 

  • Dispensers will deploy boats on water, and minecarts on rails. Powered minecarts and storage minecarts are also deployed similar to minecarts.

 

Remember, though, that these are just prior versions of the Update and therefore, some of the listed features might be subject to change.

 


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