Minecraft 1.5 Update Features New Redstone, Minecarts And Bug Fixes
The Minecraft news just keeps pouring out of Disneyland Paris, where several members of the Minecraft development team unveiled new information about the next Minecraft update at MineCon 2012.
The Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update will bring a number of additional bug fixes to the game, and improve on the rather unpredictable Redstone functionality currently found in the game. According to the team at Mojang, players will be able to more accurately use Redstone blocks for weighted pressure plates and other pressure sensitive contraptions thanks to a new "analogue" signal strength and capacitor block.
Rather than working as an on/off switch, the new block will allow for customizable pressure settings which will allow players to incorporate the updated Redstone into a variety of contraptions. Pressure sensitivity has long been requested by the community, and will likely be a welcome announcement from the Minecraft faithful.
During the Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update discussion panel which took place on Day 2 of MineCon 2012, Mojang's Jens Bergensten used automated mining as an example of the new functionality, offering the suggestion that players could create new rail systems which adjust as mine carts are emptied or filled.
Of course, the Redstone and new capacitor blocks aren't the only portions of Minecraft being tweaked with the Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update. Directly inspired by a variety of Minecraft mods which allow players to create pipes instead of relying on the Mojang-designed mine carts, Bergensten assured those in attendance that the team is hard at work to improve the efficiency and usefulness of the stock Minecraft mine carts. Some of the initial ideas being tossed around included the addition of special tracks to remove pigs and other undesirable cargo, and the ability to string multiple carts together.
Not only is the team at Mojang hard at work on the Redstone Update, according to the panel on the Minecraft 1.5 patch which took place at MineCon 2012, they're also planning to begin releasing patches every two months or so. Each patch will focus on specific themes or functionality -- like the recently released "Pretty Scary" update -- and the team hopes that a more narrow focus will streamline the development process.
Of course, the new development strategy doesn't seemed to have sped up the Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update's creation, because its release date has been pushed back from December 2012 to January 2013. The team is confident that they'll be closer to the two month mark going forward though, which is likely to please the more than eight million people who now play Minecraft.
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