From Microsoft Studios—
What’s happening? We’re announcing the Holiday Update for “Minecraft: Console Editions,” the biggest update of the year with awesome additions like the Elytra for ultimate gliding and Amplified Terrain for extreme highs and lows.
When is it happening? The Holiday Update will launch in late December – just in time to celebrate Minecraft with your friends and family.
How much does it cost? As always, free upon release for owners of Minecraft on consoles!
Why is this awesome? This is our biggest Minecraft console update of the year, and after this update, Minecraft players on consoles will enjoy nearly all of the same features as folks playing on the original PC version. Plus, we’re completely redesigning the End dimension and can’t wait for console players to uncover all of the mystery and intrigue it has to offer.
Take Flight in the Next Update for “Minecraft: Console Editions”
Today we’re excited to give a sneak peek into some of the long-awaited features we’ll be bringing to “Minecraft: Console Editions” in December. Since adding banners, beets and polar bears with our last update in October, the team has been hard at work on our biggest Minecraft console update of the year – the Holiday Update! You’ll be getting new mobs, items, blocks and status effects, in addition to UI, game and tutorial updates. Now, with any sneak peek, we aren’t revealing everything right now, but here are some of things we’re most excited to deliver to players:
- If you’re sick of spending all your time walking on solid ground, just equip the new Elytra, which enables players to glide through the air!
- You’ll find your Elytra in The End, which has been updated to include End Cities, End Ships and all the Chorus Plants, Flowers and Purpur you can handle. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if one turns out to be a Shulker.
- Like potions? Use Dragon’s Breath to create Lingering Potions if you want to leave some status effects on the ground for a friend or foe to happen upon. Speaking of status effects, we’re adding a couple new ones as well – Levitation and Luck.
- If you’re just getting started on a new world on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can turn on Amplified Terrain. This option makes the differences between mountains and valleys more extreme – so put that Elytra to good use!
More details will be shared on the Holiday Update when it launches for free in late December across all Minecraft console platforms. In the meantime, I’ll be brushing up on my winter survival skills by tossing some snowballs in Tumble.
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