4J Studios have shared some new details on the next 1.8.2 Xbox 360 update for Minecraft. Starting off with Creative and Survival mode, which will apparently allow players to load their world up with one of the game modes. You won’t be able to switch during mid-game, in order to stop people from abusing it.
There’s also a superflat option when generating a new world, which will remove any mountains or hills from your world, providing a large slot of flat land to build your city on. Another feature includes an experience system for you to gain XP from creepers and other monsters you kill. This doesn’t include potions or enchanting tables, so there isn’t much use for this system at the moment.
As for clothing, 4J promised chainmail armour, which you can see in the image to the left. They are also looking into texture packs, which one would presume you pay for. In a future update we’ll see a new map format known as ANVIL, which improves how the game handles memory and makes it easier to mod. This will first appear on the PC version snapshot.
- Maximum build height has been increased to 256 (was 128)
- Empty sections of the world are not loaded into memory
- Block ids have been increased to 4096 (was 256) by adding a 4 bit data layer (similar to how meta data is stored)
- Block ordering have been changed from x/z/y to y/z/x in order to improve compression
- Packets for sending chunks have been updated (a full 128-high chunk is smaller than the old format, and a chunk with lots of empty space is much smaller)
- Biomes are saved per x/z column, which means they can be altered by tool
Fans of Minecraft can rest easy knowing that this update will be hitting the Xbox soon...ish. In the meantime, enjoy the 1.8.2 trailer!