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This page contains content on features that will be included in a future update.
These features are confirmed, but not yet added to the game.
Version history and upcoming features

This page is about upcoming features for Minecraft Pocket Edition that have been announced by Mojang employees.

Upcoming Features

Version Upcoming changes
0.9.6 (Possibly)[1]

0.9.6 (Possibly)

TBA

0.10.0[2]

0.10.0

Additions:

  • General:
    • Shaders[3][4]
      • Unrelated to post-effect shaders as used in the Super Secret Settings on PC
  • Blocks/Items

Tweaks:

  • Terrain:
  • Graphics:
    • The Sun is now slightly larger.[13]
    • Rounded, PC coloured fog[4]
    • Clouds and entities are now affected by lighting.[4]
    • Version exclusive: Smooth lighting on water[14]
    • Version exclusive: New swamp water color[15]
    • Tinted lighting from PC[16]
    • Mipmaps on Android
  • Optimized chunk rendering[17]

Bug Fixes

  • Bugs from the 0.9s update sequence[18]
  • Game freezes when an alert or different UI is opened (iOS)[19]
0.1x.0

0.1x.0

This version refers to features that were initially stated to appear in 0.10.0 or 0.11.0, but now have no known date as the feature set for 0.10.0 has changed[20]

Additions

  • General
  • Textures
  • Options
    • An option to make old worlds infinite[31]
    • Possibly hardcore mode[32]
    • New Buttons:[21]
      • Change Mode (difficulty/gamemode)
      • Make World Infinite
      • Breed [Animals/NPCS]
      • Dye [Sheep]
  • Terrain:
    • Version exclusive: Possibly an underworld underground structure[33]
      • Generates between layers 0-50
    • Version exclusive: Far Biome[34], found at the edge of finite worlds[35][36][21]
    • Cave Culling 2.0[21]
      • Will make terrain generation much more faster and more reliable
    • The Nether[21]
  • Blocks/Items

Tweaks:

  • Support for more languages, including Korean[39]
  • Possibly an animation for switching items.[40]
  • The Invisible bedrock barrier gets removed if a pre-0.9.0 world becomes infinite.
  • Possibly adaptation for 64-bit hardware/software and/or the Apple A7 processor, potentially making the game faster for 64-bit users.[41]
  • Support for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus[42]
    • Better graphics than the iPhone 5 and 5S
  • Upgraded from OpenGL ES 1.1 to 2.0[43][44][21]
    • It will allow for tinted lighting on the terrain like on PC.
    • It will allow for animated blocks with frame buffers.
    • This will make the game faster by 4-5%.
  • Android will have updated sounds[28]
  • Mobs:
  • Symbols
    • Possibility of adding “symbols”, which are functions that correlate with modding codes [citation needed]

Other planned features, items, and blocks

Feature Description
Ender Chests[45] Jeb stated that Ender Chests might be added sometime after 0.9.0.
More Blocks On the Terrain-atlas files there appears to be textures for other blocks that are not in MCPE yet, possibly hinting they may come later in future updates.
Better controls for larger devices[46] Tommaso said via reddit/r/mcpe that more reachable controls for larger devices would be something "cool" to add in the future. This will most likely tie into the new controls in the 0.9.x versions.
Bonus Chest[47] Johan stated that they are thinking how to handle Bonus Chests. He said that they may be added alongside with the difficulty settings.
Camera implementation[48][49] At the Minecraft Pocket Edition panel at MineCon 2012, as well as one of Jbernhardsson's livestreams, it was stated that future plans include trying to have a proper use for cameras, perhaps an easier way to take screenshots and share them with others. Since the addition of toggling the GUI on and off, the camera has become useless except for taking a frontal picture. However, in the BlockTalk Q&A, the camera was briefly mentioned as part of a broader "sharing" theme planned for MCPE in the future. In 0.9.0, the camera entity was removed, however, Tomasso said that he thinks it will be back "when have shaders, sharing and redstone".[50]
Change of GUI button texture[51] Tommaso mentioned that he would like to add a "rocky texture" to the buttons, as the current texture is "too plain".
Chat Scrolling[52] Johan said he would keep it in mind for future versions.
Commands[35] In Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.7.4 and later, typing any word preceded with "/" would say "Command x not found." This hinted that commands were pre-programmed in the code, but not fully implemented. Tommaso hinted that Commands might be implemented in 0.9.0. In the Pocket Edition Future Panel at Minecon 2013, Tommaso stated that certain commands from PC will be given toggle switches.
Cyan Flower reimplementation[53] The Cyan Flower was replaced with the poppy in 0.9.0, but Johan stated that it may return.
Day-night cycle in Creative Mode[54] Tommaso has stated that a Creative Mode day-night cycle is being experimented with.
Demo/Lite Version Re-release[35] In the Pocket Edition Future Panel at Minecon 2013, Johan stated that an updated version of the Demo/Lite version might be released later.
Exclusive Features[28][35] In the Pocket Edition Future Panel at Minecon 2013, while Jeb was discussing on how Pocket Edition would be diverse from PC, he mentioned that some exclusive mobs may be implemented. In the 21 million panel livestream, it was stated that once pocket edition is parallel with the PC version, in terms of gameplay features, there may be pocket edition only features.
Experience[55] Johan said there will be something like experience in the future.
External devices support[35] In the Pocket Edition Future Panel at Minecon 2013, Jeb stated that support for gamepads and keyboards aren't currently being developed, but shall be pushed for the future. In the 21 million panel livestream, it was stated that there will be support for external devices (e.g. usb mouse etc) in the future.
Horses[28] In the 21 million panel livestream, Jeb stated that horses will be implemented in the future.
Hunger/Sprinting[35] In the Pocket Edition Future Panel at Minecon 2013, Jeb stated that he is undecided on adding hunger due to controversy that it created on PC. Johan stated that he would like a toggle switch for hunger. Tommaso stated that if hunger is not implemented, sprinting would be timed as in older PC versions. Tommaso has similar opinions as Jeb about hunger's controversy. Later, Tommaso stated that he will added hunger but he thinks it should still be disabled in Peaceful mode.[56][57] In the 21 million panel livestream, it was stated that hunger will be added in the future.
Increased Height Limit[58] Tommaso has said that right now, a 256-block height limit causes too much lag to be added. He has considered it for the future.
Jukeboxes[28] In the 21 million panel livestream, Jeb stated that jukeboxes would be added sometime after in-game music is added.
More Difficulty Modes[59] With no specific date implied, Johan mentioned that they'll be adding more difficulty modes.
Ocelots and Fish Jeb said that he would add ocelots in 0.9.0,[60] but Johan said they would not make it.[61] He also said taming would be the same as PC (implying fish),[62], but Johan said there would be no fish in 0.9.0.[63]
OpenGL ES Upgrade[64][65] According to Tomasso, sometime after 0.9.0, MCPE will use OpenGL ES 2.0, which will allow for new changes such as an updated sound engine and mipmaps on Android.
Replacement of the Nether Reactor[66][67][49][68] Johan mentioned on the issue tracker that the Nether Reactor may be replaced in the future. However, if the Nether does get implemented, it will most likely be next year because of preparations for the Beta Release. More recently via the MCPE subreddit - Johan stated that the next iteration of the Nether Reactor will be some kind of "super dungeon" and that the Nether dimension is not currently on their radar. In reply to a comment on reddit, Tomasso stated he has thought about it for 0.9.0. When the topic was brought up in the BlockTalk Q&A, Tomasso stated that he doesn't know how to deal with the Nether yet but that it “shouldn’t be that bad in the end… could be doable”. He stated that if the nether is implemented, the “Nether Reactor will do something different to what it does right now”
Riding Pigs[69] Johan mentioned on reddit that riding pigs will be added in the future. Saddles exist in the game but do not function if hacked in.
Squids[70] Johan stated that these will be added in the future.
Survival interfaces in creative[28] In the 21 million panel livestream, it was stated that survival screens (e.g. smelting, crafting and armor interfaces etc) may be implemented in Creative.
Texture pack support[35] In the Pocket Edition Future panel at Minecon 2013, Johan stated that with the new texture system, it may be possible to add support for texture packs. He has considered it for after 0.9.0.
Twitch streaming[28][49] In the 21 million panel livestream, it was stated that it may be a possible to include Twitch streaming some time after 0.10.0. In the BlockTalk Q&A, it was again reiterated that Twitch integration was possibly coming in the future, however it is a lot more difficult to implement than the Minecraft PC version.
Maps[49] In the BlockTalk Q&A, it was stated that with the addition of infinite worlds, maps will come soon after 0.9.0.
Sharing worlds[49] In the BlockTalk Q&A, it was stated there are plans to include the ability to share maps in the future after the new level format is working. This would allow for any user to play a custom map without tampering with files by pasting in a direct download link to a custom map.
Server plugins[49] In the BlockTalk Q&A, it was stated there is possible support for server plugins like Pocketmine in the future. He noted that clientside mods are, however, not planned.
Programming interfaces[49] In the BlockTalk Q&A, it was stated there is the possibility of the addition of interfaces where you can write in programming languages, like in the Pi Edition.
Biome-based difficulty[71] Tomasso stated on reddit that he would like to add a "difficulty" number that mobs could have depending on their circumstances, such as recource that it spawns from and weather. This would vary the amount of hostile mobs at night and the amount of recources gained from each biome. He also stated that he would like more biome-specific mobs as well as biomes with specific difficulty/mob distributions.
Switch gamemode toggle[72] Tomasso stated that there would be an in-game option to toggle a world's gamemode in 0.9.0. However, he delayed this feature, saying "it's apparently much harder than I thought when I said that".[73]
Copy worlds[74] Tomasso mentioned that with the introduction of infinite worlds, there would be an option to copy existing worlds. Although no date was mentioned, this was implied for 0.9.0. However, due to the lack of time and difficulty to implement this feature, it was not implemented in 0.9.0.[75]

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