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Minecraft's “Adventure Update” is so big it gets its own trailer

The term “game-changer” is bandied about far too much, but one instance in which it's seldom used – despite being completely, literally applicable for a change – is in the area of decent-sized game updates. Minecraft, for instance, is preparing to open wide for Version 1.8, a heaping helping of overhauls that can without a hint of hyperbole be described as palpably game-changing. To prepare for the occasion, here's an epic trailer from Mojang pals Hat Films.


Version 1.8 – dated imprecisely for “soon”– adds a powerful “Creative Mode” to Minecraft, unlocking all the game's blocks and the power of flight. However, as the trailer shows, the build also bakes more “game-like” elements into Minecraft, such as a few new enemies: the nightmarish Enderman becomes hostile if gazed upon, whereas the Blue Spider populates the abandoned mineshafts that have been added to the update. Combat and control mechanics have been improved, NPC villages dot the landscape, a more complex fractal-based randomization mechanic has been put in place, and... well, Minecraft 1.8 is a much bigger update than you're used to, okay?

Above: The eldritch horror of the Enderman

If you've been on the fence about the low-pixel, high-addiction game until now, the impending release of the new Adventure Update could be the perfect time to get your feet wet.

Sep 6, 2011

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Minecraft Mojang

15 comments

  • Darth_Griffin - September 7, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    This cannot come fast enough. But I hope it doesn't mean I have to start a new world. My current domain, with 3kms of mine tracks, ballistic submarine, shipyard, cargo freighter, mountain fortress and floating castle ship took a lot of work an I don't wanna abandon them.
  • Dman3981 - September 7, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Its funny because if you didn't know what Minecraft is about this trailer would make it seem like it is a terrible game but if you have Minecraft you this is actually going to be amazing.
  • ChaosEternal - September 7, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I am both happy due to all the epic new content, and very sad because Minecraft will be irrevocably different than the game I played 10 months ago in October. Before the Halloween update. I love everything added since then, yet I greatly miss the MC I played at first. The days when there wasn't working health on multiplayer, the days before the nether. Oh nostalgia is a very strange thing.
  • thekeith82 - September 7, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    They put the Slender Man in Minecraft? That is quite some way beyond awesome.
  • thekeith82 - September 7, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Holy crap, they put the Slender Man in Minecraft. That is quite some way beyond awesome.
  • Linktoreality - September 6, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    Endermen give me the heebie jeebies...
  • Risonhighmer - September 6, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    You should note that the villages won't have NPCs living in them until 1.9 Notch said they were too much work to get into this update or something so he's keeping them out until 1.9 Also, does anyone know if the height limit is being increased for 1.8 as was originally speculated?
  • Kazumi - September 6, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    I'd like to mention that the last two updates (1.6 and 1.7) have gotten their own trailers as well, also made by the same guys. On topic, I can't wait. Will probably have to stay home from school to play this.
  • Hubadaeus - September 6, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Looks very nice, I started to wonder if it was just going to be delayed all year but it looks very promising. When it was first brought up on my server, I thought it was some kind of joke. It seemed like a stretch for one update, but now I guess I'll have to wait a long time for a new Bukkit update. But it seems worth it for all of the new features being added!
  • Shadow Of Death - September 6, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    Yeah, I'm a bit interested in this! Hopefully it doesn't end up rage-inducingly hard >_> Also, gamesradar should cease using the terribad video players they use. Though it doesn't seem quite as bad as it used to be...
  • EnigmaSpirit - September 6, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Agreed. The videoplayer really should be changed to something else. Even embedding youtube videos would be welcome. >.>
  • IsaacShadow - September 6, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    I piss myself from excitement. This is going to be awesome...
  • Twizinator - September 6, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I agree with you, but I piss myself because of the enderman... DONT LOOK
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 6, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Imagine encountering one in an abandoned mineshaft. I'm not sleeping tonight! :D.... D:
  • IsaacShadow - September 12, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    I figure they would go down after a few hits from a sword.

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