Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
Minecraft finally gets a combat overhaul with v1.9 update

Minecraft is one of those things that can best be described as a cultural phenomenon. Since it first launched, the sandbox game has infiltrated virtually every platform available, spawning spin-offs and even using it for use in an educational capacity. But it wasn’t until very recently that Mojang updated the game’s rather rudimentary combat system.

With version 1.9, players can no longer protect themselves with a deluge of clicks, but instead have to deal with cooldown delays. According to Kotaku, the faster you swing, the less damage you deal. In addition, the update introduces shields, dual-wielding, and new weapon effects. Axes are now able to “crush” blows, while swords are now able to perform “sweep” attacks. There are also new arrow types, new block varieties, a new critter, and a range of other changes. Those who are starving can now even summon the mighty Ender Boss again to reenact their battles over and over again. Check out the changelog for a full list of tweaks.

This is the first officially update to change significantly Minecraft‘s combat system. (There are tons of fan mods that have done the same thing.) Earlier versions were more concerned with introducing changes to the world and expanding the game’s sandbox elements.

Interestingly, 1.9 is also the first update since September 2014, which is a welcome relief to fans who may have been concerned about Microsoft’s acquisition of the company in the same year. It’s also worth noting that only the PC version of Minecraft has been upgraded to version 1.9; other versions, such as the Pocket Edition for various mobile platforms, may or may not receive the same update at a later date.

It’s still relatively uncertain where the mega-corporation wants to go with the game, which brought creator Markus “Notch” Persson an almost unimaginable amount of fame and fortune. But virtual and augmented reality are definitely on the agenda: Last year, Microsoft invited Mojang’s Lydia Winters to the stage at a pre-E3 press conference to show off a demo of Minecraftbuilt specifically for the Hololens.

By akfire1

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