All The Big Announcements From Minecraft Live 2023

The highly anticipated Minecraft Live event took place on Sunday, October 15, bringing exciting news for fans of the popular sandbox game. Here’s a roundup of the key announcements:

Record-Breaking Sales

Minecraft has achieved a remarkable milestone, surpassing 300 million copies sold. Microsoft proudly claims that Minecraft is now the best-selling video game of all time. Although Tetris holds the record for selling over 500 million copies and could contest Microsoft’s claim, the achievement of 300 million copies sold for Minecraft remains incredibly impressive.

Minecraft CVP Helen Chiang expressed her gratitude to the community, saying, “Our incredible community has built Minecraft into what it is today and what it will become in the future. We can’t wait to share new Minecraft content and experiences in the years ahead.”

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi DLC

Coming to the Minecraft Marketplace on November 7 is the highly anticipated Star Wars: Path of the Jedi DLC. The trailer showcased thrilling lightsaber combat and the use of Force powers. Fans can look forward to encountering iconic Star Wars characters in this exciting expansion.

Path of the Jedi comes to Minecraft in November

Planet Earth III DLC

In collaboration with the BBC, Minecraft Education is creating DLC for the Minecraft Marketplace themed around the new TV series Planet Earth III. This partnership follows their successful collaboration on Minecraft’s Frozen Planet II DLC. The aim of the Planet Earth DLC is to highlight the importance of our interconnectedness and the need for environmental stewardship.

A shark from the Planet Earth III DLC
A shark from the Planet Earth III DLC

Minecraft Legends Updates

Minecraft Legends, a beloved expansion to the game, is receiving an array of community-requested changes. Players will soon be able to pet animals, enjoy custom campaign and PVP modes, have controls and UI displayed on-screen, utilize pillars of light for waypoints, and experience improved pathfinding. Additionally, the Halloween-themed Lost Legend “Creeper Clash” will be available from October 19, with another called “Snow vs. Snout” launching in December. And let’s not forget the exciting arrival of frogs to Legends in December!

Minecraft Legends principal design director Craig Leigh expressed his excitement for the upcoming content: “We’re excited to see the community’s reaction to the new content announced at Minecraft Live.”

15th Anniversary Plans

Minecraft will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2024, and fans can look forward to “exciting” plans being revealed to mark the occasion. Stay tuned for more updates!

Mojang’s Kayleen Walters expressed gratitude to the Minecraft community, stating, “It is our community’s creativity and dedication that has helped shape this world into something extraordinary. As we kick off this milestone year, we eagerly look forward to honoring and celebrating your contributions, stories, and adventures.”

Minecraft Vanilla Update 1.21

OG Minecraft, the original version of the game, is also receiving significant updates in mid-2024. One notable addition is “The Crafter,” which introduces automatic crafting, a first for Minecraft vanilla. Players can also expect to encounter trial chambers, procedurally generated underground structures, and Copper Bulbs, blocks that emit light. Furthermore, the hostile mob “The Breeze” will join the Minecraft vanilla universe.

Beware of The Breeze
Beware of The Breeze

Game director Agnes Larsson shared her excitement about the new features and emphasized the collaborative approach between the development team and the community: “We’re looking forward to continue creating update 1.21 together with our community.”

The Minecraft Live event delivered an assortment of exciting news and updates, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the future of this beloved game.