Saturday, April 30, 2011

Minecraft Update 1.6 Coming with Mini-maps!

Notch (The Creator of Minecraft) is currently working on Update 1.6 for the game. Update 1.6  release is unknown, Notch says that he's currently working to get mini-map functionality to multiplayer.  Plans to also fix an extensive list of bugs in the game. Notch's partner Jens Bergersten is currently working on another project at the time, but Notch does have his friend from Oxeye Games to help him out.

For the Mini maps we know limited detail, but we do know that you'll be able to chart specific items to landmark them on your mini-map. How to chart items we are still in the dark about. All we know is that you have to look down at the item actually in your hand, and do a command and that information has yet to be released.

The map itself does not cover a lot of area, a player would need to have multiple maps. Does this mean you'll be able to collect or make maps yourself? Yes, it does and you'll be able to pick up maps that other players drop on the floor and actually see their progress;  vice versa with you. Notch is adding the ability to clone maps also. You and a friend will be able to share maps and each others maps will be updated, while another one explores and charts/landmarks. On the map your friend will show up as a blinking dot.

This feature will be a big help and make Minecraft a lot easier to play, and go back to important locations. But this is also going to be a big step towards other projects as Notch says:

"The code I write to support that will also be possible to reuse in the future for things like books and notes written by players, and possibly even custom paintings/hand drawn signs."

So there are many possibilities coming in the future and possibly update 1.6. Minecraft exist Beta status on November 11, 2011 but the 90 min demo is available now. What other things may you want to see in update 1.6? also what do you think notch can actually do with the codes for this Minimap? write in the comments below I would love to hear your feedback.

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