This article is about the beta update. For the game mode, see Adventure
. For the upcoming official release, see 1.8
The Adventure Update was a major update to Minecraft focused on fighting, exploration, and adventuring, as well as other aspects. Its content was implemented in Beta 1.8 and Minecraft 1.0. It was announced on June 10, 2011 by Notch and was initially planned to be implemented in Beta 1.7. An early version of the Adventure Update was playable by fans at Mojang's booth at PAX Prime 2011, which was held between August 26th and 28th. Because of the size of the content, the first part of the update was pushed back to Beta 1.8, which became available on the 14th of September 2011 and the rest of the update being part of Minecraft 1.0, which was released on November 18, 2011. The Pre-Releases of Minecraft Beta 1.8 and 1.9 were leaked before their official releases, and Notch approved these leaks on his twitter.
- To see complete list of known changes, see the Version history.
|Changes in the Beta 1.8 Adventure Update
- New Mobs.
- New Blocks
- New Creative game mode.
- New features in the terrain generator.
- Optionally generated structures
- New, fractal-based biome code; added and removed some biomes while making all of them more vast than before.
- Rivers flowing through/in between biomes.
- Ocean Biomes, that are deeper and much more vast than before.
- Mountain biome
- snow in Taiga and Tundra biomes do not generate for technical reasons. They return in Minecraft 1.0.
- New ocean floor; random mix of sand, dirt, and clay.
- Because of this, clay is much more common.
- New combat Mechanics.
- Hold-to-charge bows.
- Critical hits.
- Players can parry with a sword by holding Right Mouse
- Hostile mobs perform attack animations.
- Mobs killed by players drop tiny flashing Experience Orbs that add to your experience bar.
- New Food System.
- There is now a food meter.
- Food no longer heals directly but indirectly: if the food meter is above 80%, heals about every 5 seconds.
- All food (except Mushroom Stew) are now stackable.
- Food takes 1.6 seconds to consume, accompanied with an animation.
- 5 new food items.
- Eating Raw Chicken or Rotten Flesh has a chance to give the player food poisoning.
- New seeds for farming: pumpkin seeds and melon seeds that produce Pumpkins and Melons respectively.
- A new achievement: "Kill a skeleton with an arrow at 50 meters".
- Added Sprinting
- Mob changes
- Passive mobs will randomly flee if attacked by the player or other mobs (such as Wolves).
- Zombies drop Rotten Flesh instead of Feathers.
- The snout on pigs now protrude from their head.
- Skeletons now hold full-size bows.
- Player-to-mob damage decreased by half a heart.
- Arrows that hit a mob visually "stick" into the mob rather than just disappear.
- Skeleton arrows originate from about their eyes to the bow, instead of above the head.
- Animals no longer despawn which makes it possible to capture them.
- Shears can now collect Tall Grass and the new Vine
- New improved lighting
- Day/night cycles no longer require chunk updates and is a smooth transition
- The lighting on a block is given a tint based on the most prominent source of light
- Redish from Non-sunlight light sources
- Blue from Moonlight
- Total darkness keeps the same black tint
- Sunlight gives the same white tint
- Non-sky based light now gives a very subtle 'flicker'.
- Main Menu/Options changes
- The Main Menu's background is now an animated scene.
- The version tag is now displayed on the bottom-left rather than the top-left
- New sliders for Field of View and Brightness
- 4 new entries in control list
- "Attack", "Use Item", and "Pick Block" can now be remapped.
- Player list in SMP, defaults to Tab ↹.
- The 'Multiplayer join screen' has been improved, mainly with a server list.
- New texture for Moss Stone to match Cobblestone's.
- Improved sunrise and sunset.
- Clouds change color during sunrise and sunset to match the sky color.
- Horizon, specifically haze, changes color more vividly during sunset and sunrise.
- New particle effects.
- Performing a critical hit on any mob will cause 'sparks' to fly.
- Explosion particles are now shockwaves instead of smoke.
- Tiny stationary bubble particles can be seen when underwater.
- Fog is now thicker and darker deep underground, and gives off particles. Due to this, the void appears black.
- Changes with debug-view (F3)
- Mobs are no longer visibly labeled with their entity ID
- The world's numeric seed is displayed in a field below player position.
- Changing fog by hotkey now requires debug-view to be open in addition with pressing F.
- ⇧ Shift+Clicking the output item in a crafting square will craft all the items at once, and automatically places them in the inventory.
- The version tag appears in-game again.
- User-placed leaf blocks no longer decay.
- Cloud height raised to the top of the map, so clouds can no longer phase through blocks.
- Cloud movement syncs with the game's time.
- Rain and snow both render faster
- Armor bar moved to above hearts, due to food bar.
- Both Wooden and Stone pressure plates can now be placed on fences.
- Improved chest model with a 3D lock.
- Players with the OP position on a server can switch back and forth between survival and creative mode.
- The game's coding now allows for mods to more easily change the(map) height.
- Holding the left mouse button with a weapon will now only swing once.
- Holding the right mouse button to place blocks is slightly slower than before.
- The ⇧ Shift+Click crash bug from beta 1.8pre2 is fixed.
- Fixed Redstone circuits not working after /time set x glitch is now fixed in SMP.
- Destroying boats and minecarts now creates particles.
- Ghast attack sounds are fixed in SMP.
- The Far Lands had been removed; there is now only ocean.
- There is a memory leak mainly occurring on Linux 32 bit.
- The destruction animation for chests is missing.
- Lighting persists in water even after the light source is removed.
- Experience orbs when dropped don't drop in a stack like items do, so when a player dies when they have a large number of experience, each orb has to be processed individually. This will cause a high amount of lag, especially for SMP servers.
- Double chests placed before beta 1.8 on multiplayer servers all appear to players to be facing the same direction, even when they should be rotated by 90 degrees.
- The Item Selection screen in the new Creative game mode is missing pine and birch leaves, tall grass, double slabs, monster spawner, snow cover, and both huge mushroom blocks.
- NPC villages occasionally spawn over partial water areas and 'float'
Leading up to the release of the Adventure Update, a trailer documenting some of its major features was released on Mojang
's official YouTube channel on the 6th
of September 2011. The trailer was made by Hat Films.
Because so many things were added and changed in Beta 1.8, it was criticized by many in the community. One of the most criticized changes was the new terrain generation system. Players complained that, whereas the previous versions of the terrain generator were capable of making amazing natural sculptures, the new biomes were now boring; i.e., every swamp biome looked identical to every other swamp biome, every desert biome looked like every other desert biome, etc., and the new ocean biomes were too large and "useless". In addition the new terrain generator removed the distortion wall in the Far Lands causing some complaints. This was likely unintentional, as the distortion wall was an accident and was never intended to be in the game to begin with.
Another criticized feature was the Hunger system, which was seen as making the relationship between food and health more complicated without improving gameplay.
Numerous mobs (Endermen, Blazes) and items (Ender Pearls, blaze rods) were added that had absolutely no purpose except to get a player to a new dimension called "the end", which itself was not well-received due to being extremely small, inhabited by very few types of mobs, and composed of only two types of blocks.
The addition of experience and enchanting was seen as unnecessary and not a positive contribution to the game's "survival construction" theme, and the relationship between experience and enchanting was perceived as nonsensical.
The ocean level, which had previously been exactly halfway between the "floor" and "ceiling" of the map, was lowered by one meter for no apparent reason. This new asymmetry was extremely irritating to some people.
The manner in which passive mobs spawn was changed. Previously, they obeyed the same rules as hostile mobs: they could spawn randomly in the right conditions and would despawn if a player got too far away for too long. In the Adventure Update, new passive mobs could only be generated by either exploring new terrain and hoping for the best or capturing and feeding existing mobs to "breed" them. This eliminated "hunting" as a viable play style, made it possible for passive mobs to become permanently extinct on multiplayer servers, made leather effectively more rare than gold, and was generally perceived as making mob-farming much more complicated without improving gameplay.
Conversely, other features were praised, including the ability to "stack" food, the addition of new block types like stone bricks and iron fences, and a change in bow and arrow mechanics to encourage careful aiming instead of rapid-fire spamming. Many players approved the inclusion of a long awaited Creative mode, a game mode that removed all survival aspects of Minecraft and allowed players to focus solely on building if they wished to do so.
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