Minecraft 1.8 Out Now for PC - Adds Dozens of New Blocks, Rabbits, Guardians, Ocean Monument, Faster Chunk Loading, More

by William D'Angelo, posted on 02 September 2014 / 4,342 Views

The latest update for the pc version of Minecraft has been released for the launcher. The update has been called the Bountiful Update. Minecraft 1.8 has taken more than 300 days to develop.

The update features dozens of new features. There are dozens of new blocks including several new dirt and stone blocks, as well as a slime block. There is also red sandstone blocks and sponge blocks that can absorb water. Mossy cobblestone, mossy stone bricks, and chiseled stone bricks are now craftable.

There are now rabbits, Guardians, and a new dungeon called the Ocean Monument that features 2 new hostile mobs called Guardians and Ender Guardians. There is also the Endermite mob which is also hostile.

Other new items include customizable banners, armor stands, iron trapdoors, and new doors and fences that come in all the wood types. Sheep now drop mutton, which can be cooked and eaten to restore hunger.

There is also a ton of behind the scenes changes. The game code has been optimized to make the game run better and the max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks. The scoreboard has new features and the Block ID numbers have been replaced. resource packs now define the shape of blocks and items, and not just the textures.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
  • Added Slime Block
  • Added Iron Trapdoor
  • Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
  • Added the Ocean Monument
  • Added Red Sandstone
  • Added Banners
  • Added Armor Stands
  • Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
  • Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
  • Added Endermite mob
  • Added Rabbits, with item drops
  • Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
  • Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
  • Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
  • Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
  • Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
  • Added one new achievement
  • Added “Customized” world type
  • Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
  • Worlds can now have a world barrier
  • Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
  • Added /blockdata command
  • Added /clone command
  • Added /execute command
  • Added /fill command
  • Added /particle command
  • Added /testforblocks command
  • Added /title command
  • Added /trigger command
  • Added /worldborder command
  • Added /stats command
  • Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
  • Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
  • Added three new statistics
  • Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
  • Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
  • Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
  • Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
  • Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
  • Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
  • Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
  • Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
  • Villager trading has been rebalanced
  • Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
  • Considerable faster client-side performance
  • Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
  • Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
  • Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
  • Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
  • Tweaked the F3 debug screen
  • Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
  • Server list has been improved
  • A few minor changes to village and temple generation
  • Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
  • Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
  • Lots and lots of other changes
  • LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
  • Removed Herobrine

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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3 Comments

Podings (on 03 September 2014)

That last item on the list though. There goes a legend.


NobleTeam360 (on 02 September 2014)

Still waiting for the next gen versions.....


MohammadBadir (on 03 September 2014)

They won't have nearly as many features.


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FragilE^ (on 02 September 2014)

That youtube video is shit.