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Minecraft 1.7 Release Info

November 01, 2013


Overview of Major Changes

New world generation!
- Double the amount of biomes, with new trees/flowers/blocks.
- New “Amplified” world option.
- Less ocean, more awesome.
New blocks!
- Two new types of wood.
- Stained glass! With both blocks and panes.
- Packed ice, red sand, podzol.
- Lots of new flowers, including double-tall versions of current plants.
- Portals can be bigger sizes!
Fishing!
- Added more type of fish.
- Redone the fishing mechanics. Can now catch junk and treasure too.
- Fishing rod enchantments!
Maps!
- Put them in an item frame and hang them on your wall. They’re extra big!
- Lots of new colours for lots of blocks!
- Now with less lag!
Achievement & Statistics overhaul!
- Now both world (or server) specific.
- In multiplayer, it’s announced to everybody when you get an achievement.
- You can move your mouse over this in the chat to see what it was!
- Some new achievements and statistic types were added.
- Zoomable achievements screen!
Multiplayer enhancements!
- Servers can now put a 64×64 image called “server-icon.png” in their folder, that you will see on your server list.
- You can see who’s online before joining a server; move your mouse over the player count!
- Lots of hidden preparation for allowing name changes.
Resource pack changes!
- You can now have multiple selected.
- They can completely re-do your sounds, adding new ones or changing current ones.
- Servers can now recommend a resource pack for you to use.
Chat & command improvements!
- New commands to spawn mobs or blocks of any type.
- Command block minecart!
- Clickable links to achievements and items.
- Click on somebody’s name in the chat to message them!
Lots and lots of technical work!
- Completely rewrote how the network (multiplayer) works.
- Completely rewrote the sound manager.
- New graphics options.
- Basic shader support testing.
- Many many bugs fixed.


Watch the full video playlist covering 1.7:


World Generation

Mojang has stated that terrain generation will be rewritten to feature smaller oceans and larger continents. The number of biomes will be doubled and each biome will also have a rare "special" version, which will be different from the usual version of the biome in various ways.

Some of the new biomes so far:

Savannah

Savannah

Made up of curved Acacia looking trees. Horses and villages may spawn in a savannah.

Taiga

Taiga

There will be two versions, snowy and non-snowy. Lots and lots of spruce trees.

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest will have extremely dense trees and leaves so that it is dark and dangerous under the canopy even during the day.

Birch Forest

Birch forest

A forest variant featuring exclusively birch trees.

Mesa

Mesa

Features many layers of stained hardened clay. Dead bushes and some trees may spawn in this biome.

Redwood Forest

Redwood forest/Mega Taiga

Filled with 2x2 birch trees. contains a grass block variant called podzol and a dirt block variant that does not allow grass to grow.

Extreme Hills

Extreme Hills

Snow will appear at high elevations of over y=95.

Ice Spikes

Ice Spikes

Giant pillars of packed ice. Looks very much like stalagmites.

Stone Beach

Stone Beach

Made up entirely of stone. Mostly hilly.

Flower Forest

Flower Forest

Sparsely wooded forest with peonies, orange tulips, white tulips, oxeye daisies, rose bush and allium.

Sunflower Plains

Sunflower Plains

Mostly flat grassy plains with lots of grass and sunflowers. May also contain other types of flowers.





Gameplay

The /summon command can be used to summon any entity next to the player. For example /summon Giant or /summon EnderDragon will cause a Giant or Ender Dragon to spawn adjacent to you. Keep in mind, the summon command is case sensitive.

There will be 15 different items that you can catch by fishing including new fish types. New enchantments will also be available that change your luck when fishing.
Minecart

The achievement/statistics system will now be per world/server.

Fishing and falling now have particle effects.




New Blocks & Items

Flower Forest

Grassless Dirt and Podzol

Both of these blocks will be found in either redwood or mega taiga biomes.

Sunflower Plains

Packed Ice

Packed ice (on right) is a new variant of ice block with an opaque texture. It does not melt or turn into water when broken.


Red, Orange, White and Pink Tulips, Blue Orchid, Allium, Azure Bluet, Oxeye Daisy, and Poppy flowers. This will make it possible to craft red, orange light gray, pink, light blue, magenta, and light gray dyes with flowers. TIP: feeding bonemeal to a two block tall flower bush will cause it to give out a flower block item. A flower block item can either be replanted or turned into dye.

Minecart

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