Minecraft Ver 1.8 Bountiful Update Revealed, Pre-Release Available Now

Mojang revealed that this is the longest they have worked on a single update

by on 23rd Aug, 2014

Mojang has shared the details of the next upcoming update for Minecraft for PC. It has also been made available for pre-release.

Dubbed the Bountiful Update, it will bring the game up to version 1.8. The Bountiful Update took them the longest to make, because of the sheer number of changes that they have added to it. These changes include fundamental modification to the game’s structure, as well as new features.

Mojang shared two examples of these structural changes. The hard coded block renderer has been replaced with a new system that reads block shapes from data files. The update will also enable multithreading of client-side chunk rendering. Both of these changes will improve the game’s performance.

This update also comes just after the recent controversy that arose when Mojang clarified and started enforcing their EULA. This new update may come with changes that will make it easier for Mojang to enforce this agreement, so the modding community may not necessarily welcome it or want to get it.

Mojang shared a partial list of changes, that does not indicate any anti-modding changes. If these modders have development versions active in their Minecraft  launcher, they can get the pre-release and find out for themselves what Mojang has added in now.

The Bountiful Update will be available on the Minecraft launcher for everyone this September 2. You can read the partial list of changes below.

  • Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
  • Added Slime Block
  • Added Iron Trapdoor
  • Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
  • Added the Ocean Monument
  • Added Red Sandstone
  • Added Banners
  • Added Armor Stands
  • Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
  • Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
  • Added Endermite mob
  • Added Rabbits, with item drops
  • Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
  • Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
  • Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
  • Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
  • Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
  • Added one new achievement
  • Added “Customized” world type
  • Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
  • Worlds can now have a world barrier
  • Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
  • Added /blockdata command
  • Added /clone command
  • Added /execute command
  • Added /fill command
  • Added /particle command
  • Added /testforblocks command
  • Added /title command
  • Added /trigger command
  • Added /worldborder command
  • Added /stats command
  • Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
  • Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
  • Added three new statistics
  • Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
  • Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
  • Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
  • Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
  • Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
  • Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
  • Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
  • Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
  • Villager trading has been rebalanced
  • Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
  • Considerable faster client-side performance
  • Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
  • Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
  • Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
  • Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
  • Tweaked the F3 debug screen
  • Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
  • Server list has been improved
  • A few minor changes to village and temple generation
  • Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
  • Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
  • Lots and lots of other changes
  • LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
  • Removed Herobrine
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