It feels like forever since the last Minecraft update, patch 1.2.5 I believe, but Jeb and Mojang are finally ready to release 1.3. The new patch will be fully released on August 1, and will include not only a ton of new content but will also make dramatic changes to the client -- for better and worse.
While multiplayer will receive a number of optimizations, single player will now require more system resources than ever. In order to prepare the Minecraft client for the upcoming modding API, single player had to be rebuilt into a shell on top of a background multiplayer server. Mojang is planning to optimize this process, but not in time for the 1.3. Expect more news leading into patch 1.4, which will include the modding API.
Let's get serious though, what can we expect in terms of hard new content? How about:
- Emeralds, ore, and blocks! Trade emeralds with villagers to acquire all sorts of items including trade-exlusive stuff like chainmail and bottle o' enchanting.
- Write in books for up to 50 pages! Book recipes now include three pieces of paper and one piece of leather.
- Several biome changes, such as making mountains in Desert Hills and Ice Mountains taller, a desert village, and desert and jungle temples.
- Choose to begin a game with a bonus chest, full of goodies to help you get started in Minecraft.
- Tons more...
The new Minecraft patch should include more than enough content to keep fans happy until the big modding patch comes out in 1.4. Of course, the mere delay of the modding API might frustrate some fans. Such is the storied history of Minecraft development, oh well. Look forward to 1.3 anyways, starting August 1.