Minecraft's getting a whole new biome, but all I care about is this pink wood

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The Minecraft devs have unveiled one last big feature for the 1.20 update, and while the new cherry blossom biome looks cool, the actual exciting bit is the addition of pink wood.

The cherry blossom biome marks the final major feature reveal for Minecraft 1.20, which will also include additions like archaeology and armor trim. The new biome will, naturally, feature forests full of pink-blossomed trees, and as the devs explain in the announcement blog, it'll spawn mobs like pigs, sheep, and bees.

But a new kind of tree means we're getting something even more important: a new kind of wood. Pink wood, to be precise. You'll be able to harvest cherry blossom wood to build in pink - and while I'm pretty sure that's inaccurate to nature, it does make for some very cute building options. Me, I'm gonna make a giant house shaped like Kirby where you'll walk into his mouth to enter.

As much fun as it is to say 'pink wood' over and over, cherry blossom trees have quite legitimately been a long-requested addition to Minecraft. Mods have been adding cherry blossoms to the game for years now, so the demand has been clear, and it's good to see them finally become official.

The 1.20 update is expected to launch sometime in 2023, though if you don't want to wait to play with the pink wood, snapshots and betas will give you early access to the patch's new features.

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Dustin Bailey
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.