Swedish game developer Mojang is all set to initiate public testing of “Minecraft 1.9: The Combat Update” which is mostly about cuddling and farming plants.

According to the Minecraft Forum, gamers should not expect to find in “Minecraft 1.9: The Combat Update” a number of things that are normally on its preview phase.

Among these things include any balancing of any kind as gamers should expect things to be hilariously overpowered or underpowered. There will be no melee combat changes, and that means no shields, no meaning of life, and no hugs too.

The update will also have a perfect respawn mechanics at the end so gamers can actually respawn the dragon by drawing a creeper face with clay, but the respawning will just be temporary.

Lots of new items

There will also be lots of new items and blocks which don’t exist previously. There will also be new potions and enchantments. The update will also provide subtitles support.

The update shall also come with proper offhand interaction support. And finally, there will also be lots of surprise stuff.

According to the resource pack authors, they have changed the format of the packs slightly, and have support for versioning packs now. Gamers can still use incompatible packs, it just needs exra confirmation from the user.

But before updating to Minecraft 1.9: The Combat Update,” gamers are strongly advised to back up their worlds before updating. Things might break during the loading process so it is always better to be on the side of caution than being sorry later on.

Bug fixes too

As per Mojang, the new update will come with a lot of bug fixes too which have been the key complaints of gamers recently.

The game developer has also asked gamers to report any other bugs that they can see or notice in the game so that they can attend to fixing it.

Getting snapshots of the bugs and other issues that gamers can find would be very helpful for Mojang. To those who are not yet familiar with snapshots, they can simply open their launcher and press the New Profile button. Name it snapshots and tick the box that says ‘enable experimental development snapshots’ and save.

To go back to the normal version, gamers can simply select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. They also need to back up their world first or run the game in a different folder because snapshot can actually ruin their worlds in the game.

Despite its blocky graphics that basically resembles Lego playable sets, the sandbox independent video game “Minecraft” is one of the most successful video games in the world.

“Minecraft” is an open-world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing gamers a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game.

Created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and subsequently developed and published by Swedish gaming company Mojang, “Minecraft” has creative and building aspects that enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world.

The game also allows exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. It was officially released on November 18, 2011 to the PC and mobile devices by Mojang; then to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the Windows Phone by Microsoft Studios; and to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita by Sony Computer Entertainment.


“Minecraft” come in two gameplay modes – a single player and a multiplayer mode. Each mode comes in three sub-modes. There is the survival mode where players must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health.

There is also a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with the ability to fly, and the adventure mode where players use custom maps that were created by other players.

The game also has an achievement system. Gameplay by default is the first person. But players have the option to play in the third person mode. The main gameplay is focused on breaking and placing blocks or rough 3D objects, arranged in a fixed grid pattern and representing different materials such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks.

While players can move freely across the open world, objects can only be placed at fixed locations on the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and put them elsewhere, which enables them to do various constructions.

With the advent of the latest video games that featured state-of-the-art graphics technology, “Minecraft” has been relegated to a kid’s game, graphics-wise. Eventually, the new games found out that “Minecraft” is already an icon in the video game industry and simply cannot be dislodged from its lofty status as one of the most successful and sentimental video games.

It’s more than 100 million registered users is not just an evidence of its extraordinary popularity, it also shows that despite being akin to an open world digital Lego set, gamers really find “Minecraft” entertaining and exciting enough to maintain their interest on it.

A good part of the continued success of “Minecraft” however can be attributed to YouTube, which “Minecraft” gamers and fanatics have greatly made use of to promote and proliferate on how to do things properly in “Minecraft.”

‘Minecraft’ Developer Ready to Initiate Public Testing of the Game’s ‘The Combat Update!’