Minecraft’s 1.8 update took a total of ten months to complete for developer Mojang, the US Finance Post reports, leaving many gamers wondering about possible delays that held its release date back.
The game’s developers are in talks with Microsoft, which is expected to acquire the popular game for $2 billion.
It was released on last week as part of its release date launch, but a few gamers on social media sites have already took to complaining with some of the update’s features.
Minecraft developer Mojang Studios released a gameplay snapshot of “The Bountiful Update” for the game’s 1.8 update.
“It’s time for us to pre-release the next major Minecraft update he Bountiful Update! This will bring Minecraft to version 1.8, and should be officially be published in the launcher on Tuesday, September 2.
This is the update that to date has taken the longest time to create (over 300 days), and is the result of many, many changes,” Jens Bergensten of Mojang Studios wrote in the company’s blog, the Ecumenical News reports.
“These changes consist of both new features, and large game structure changes such as replacing the hard-coded ‘block renderer’ with a system that is able to read block shapes from data files, or performance enhancements such as multi-threading the client-side chunk rendering.
We hope you will enjoy it!” Snapshots 14w34d and 14w34c have been made available by Minecraft 1.8 developers.
Some of the fixes included in 14w34c include “speeding up baby animal growth does not consume growth/breeding item,” “ender dragon experience drops are not affected by doMobLoot gamerule” and “item and XP drops are sucked towards the player’s feet instead of their chest/torso,” Mojan published on its website.
Two weeks ago developers released snapshot 14w33a while working on release date fixes for bugs, glitches and other gaming-related issues.
Minecraft’s1.8 update includes a new achievement named “Overpowered,” where gamers craft an “enchanted golden apple,” Christian Today reports.
The game’s update features enemy characters that are under water, which are rumored to be a mixture of the fish and Beholder.
Minecraft 1.8 snapshot 14w31a was released several weeks ago as part of a series of weekly previews for the game’s update, prompting rumors about the game’s unknown release date.