Minecraft Realms, also known as Realms, is a work-in-progress feature that allows for paid public servers hosted by Multiplay and Mojang. Realms servers can also have a whitelist. Realms provide an easy and faster way to create Minecraft servers and allows more control for the creator. Minecraft Realms are not intended for large public servers but for groups of friends or as a family server.
Minecraft Realms have been in development since Minecon 2012, when Mojang revealed that they wanted to host their own servers. Pocket Edition has Pocket Realms supported by Amazon and currently is a free limited version.
The chosen players can create their own Minecraft worlds and invite up to 50 other players into their world, whether or not they were originally chosen to test. Mojang have stated that they are not sure about the player limit once it is publicly released, however Daniel Frisk stated that it was "optimized to allow up to 10 people into the world." Only one server can be made at a time if hosting. Players that are invited will have the Realms option appear on the screen, which then the invited players can enter and explore the world they were invited in.
The Realms service is not free. Rather, players have to subscribe. The selected 100 beta testers have a subscription which lasts for 90 days, while each MINECON attendee has a subscription which lasts for 30 days. By viewing the language files in Minecraft via an editor, these lines can be seen:
mco.configure.world.subscription.extendHere=Extend subscription here:
There are at the moment two versions on Realms including Minecraft Realms and Pocket Realms for the PE. All versions are currently in beta testing by chosen players but will become publically available shortly.
|Minecraft Realms||Realms beta system for Minecraft PC.|
|Pocket Realms||Realms beta system for Minecraft PE.|
If you are one of the 100 beta testers, or went to MINECON 2013, or have been invited to join a realm by a beta tester, you will see a Minecraft Realms button on the main menu screen. The "Minecraft Realms" button is in the same place as the "Texture Packs" button was before (removed earlier in 13w03a). Clicking on it brings you to the screen above. The screen is very similar to that of the Multiplayer menu, with a few differences.
|Play||Joins a realm.|
|Buy Realm||Shows information about purchasing a Realms subscription.|
|Leave Realm||Leaves a realm.|
|Configure||Opens the configuration menu.|
|More Info||Opens realms.minecraft.net in your default browser.|
|Cancel||Goes back to the main menu.|
Clicking on "Configure" brings you to the configuration menu. To the left, you have the Name and Description. To the right, you have a list of all the invited players.
|Edit Settings...||Allows you to edit the name, description, game mode and difficulty mode of the Realm.|
|Reset Realm||Allows you to reset the world. Resetting a world permanently deletes the old one. There is also an option to put in a seed when creating a new world.|
|Close Realm||Closes the realm. Selecting yes will make the realm unavailable to other players. Closing a realm is the equivalent of stopping a server.|
|Subscription||Tells you the start date of the subscription, and how many days are left.|
|Invite||Invites a player to your realm. Type in the player's name to give that player access to your realm. The other player will then see your realm in menu.|
|Uninvite||Uninvites a player from your realm.|
|Backups||Allows you to revert to backups of the realm.|
|Back||Goes back to the Realms menu.|
|13w09b||Added Minecraft Realms.|
|Only accessible to 100 beta testers.|
|13w11a||A few Minecraft Realms changes.|
|1.6.4||New beta testers.|
|13w47a||Modified config screen, added owner's face to the side of the realm's information.|
- The Mojang blog closing signature was signed // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams instead of the usual // The Minecraft team starting with the blog Minecraft Snapshot 13w09a.
- In game code, there is a link to a probable future site, where you order your servers: realms.minecraft.net.