Mojang's Jens Begensten has posted a new blog update on Minecraft's 1.7 patch. More specifically, he's blogging about changes to Minecraft's world generator which will have a significant effect on how worlds come together. Namely, the team wanted to address three main issues: too large oceans, too uneven/random biome placement, and not enough variation. It hasn't been simple, but... expect big changes.
Here's Jens going into why the team has avoided making big changes to the world generator before:
"One reason why we rarely do changes to the world generator is because every little change off-sets the world seed and causes noticeable borders between new and old terrain. A lot of people don’t mind about these borders, but we still want to avoid creating them. So, in order to avoid needing to change the world generator again in the nearest future, we try to do as many changes now as possible."
Considering the goals they had regarding those three main issues, along with the reasons as to why they haven't been able to really dive into this project before, the dev team came up with a number of solutions. Solutions that will drastically change the sahpe of Minecraft worlds in Minecraft 1.7. For the better? Mojang thinks so.
Here are the solutions Mojang has come up with, from the more dramatic changes to new content additions required to make the changes work more smoothly:
- Tweaks to add more islands and checks to avoid huge oceans
- Biomes have been put into four main categories: snow-covered, cold, medium, and dry/warm. Biomes will avoid getting placed next to a biome that is too different to itself (sometimes this still happens, but it’s very rare now and not all over the place)
- We’ve added a whole bunch of new biomes…
- … and most biomes have uncommon/rare variations that you may run into
- We’ve also added a bunch of new terrain features, such as new flowers and trees
Some of these points should be immediately surprising to players. More biomes? Smaller oceans? Wow, that sounds great! The rest, well, Mojang comes across a bit too unspecific to really understand exactly what they mean. How will these changes shape the world? How about this: Jens provided a map before the changes and one after.
There is currently no announced release date for the Minecraft 1.7 patch update.
Before | After