On Saturday, Mojang hosted their annual Minecraft Live fan convention. As in the past, the event saw the studio detailing the future of its hugely popular sandbox game. And if you are a fan of Minecraft, the livestream did not disappoint.
The studio kicked off the event with the announcement of The Wild Update. Scheduled for release in 2022, Mojang promises that this latest DLC will change the way players explore and interact with the game world. The update will introduce an all-new swamp biome that includes mangroves that players can pick fruit and replant to nourish new plants.
The Deep Dark, which was previously slated for 2021, will now launch instead in 2022 alongside The Wild Update. First announced at Minecraft Live 2020, the DLC adds the Warden, a new enemy character who is one of the game’s scariest to date. Players who brave the DLC will find new special items only available in Deep Darkness.
In the meantime, fans can look forward to Part 2 of the Caves and Cliffs update which will be released later this year. In the first half of 2021, Mojang made the decision to split the update into two parts due to the complexity of the features included. At Minecraft Live, the studio said it was the right move, in part because it allowed the team to take community feedback into account. As previously announced, the update will include caves and expanded biomes. This will also increase the height and depth limit of worlds.
Mojang did not forget Minecraft dungeons. In December, the studio will introduce a new feature called Seasonal Adventures. Each week you and your friends will have to complete weekly challenges. As you complete them, you’ll progress to a seasonal progression track that will unlock rewards like new skins, pets, and emotes. Season one, The Cloudy Climb, will add a new ride functionality and adventure hub for players to explore.
It’s also a great time to try Minecraft for the first time or resume play after an extended break. On November 2, Microsoft will release a Minecraft pack for Xbox Game Pass on PC. The pack includes both Bedrock and Java editions of the game, with single MSA login support for both.
Updates come at a time when Minecraft has never been so popular. Last August, Mojang said more than 140 million players have logged in to play the game, which marks another milestone for the title. Minecraft Live was then about positioning the game for a future where it continues to grow.