Latest Minecraft Snapshot Adds Anvil System, Doubles World Height

on February 15, 2012 4:30 PM

The latest “snapshot” update for Minecraft has been released adding a slew of new updates/changes on a trial basis. This is of course an optional upgrade and it should be known that there’s a higher chance of bugs in these “snapshots”.

This one adds a new world file format called “Anvil” which has a higher height limit which should be exciting for all tower-builders out there! The rest of the changes are pretty standard except for one creepy and vague one: “Some nights in villages will be worse than others…”

Yeah…I don’t want to know what that means. Check the full list of changes for the snapshot after the break and go download it here if you wish. 

  • Added new world file format called “Anvil” (256 max height and 4096 block IDs*)
  • Multi-player light calculations do no longer cause affected blocks to be transmitted to the clients, instead the clients will recalculate the light on their own
  • Villagers will repopulate villages based on how many houses there are available
  • Some nights in villages will be worse than others…
  • Added a redstone-controlled light source
  • Decreased chance for the rare mob drops
  • All animals use the new AI system now
  • Crash bug corrupting levels when spawning mobs above the 255th block
  • Sheep animation is correct in SMP

* The game can’t use the full range of IDs yet because there are still some assumptions that IDs above 256 are items.

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John is what you might call something of a badass. When he's not writing about games or playing them, he's playing in the Kansas City band "Documentary" and drinking as many different beers as often as he can. He's a huge comic nerd in the best sense of the term, with a particular love for the Creator Owned movement.