Minecraft 1.5 ‘Redstone Update’ Due January 2013
Details on the next phase of Minecraft’s evolution have surfaced from the annual MineCon fan event, held this year at Disneyland Paris on November 24 and 25. The biggest of the bunch concerns version 1.5 of the hit indie world building title, which creator Mojang is calling the Redstone Update.
Due in January of next year, the Redstone Update gets its name from the fact that it will expand the usefulness of one of the game’s most intriguing resources, redstone. This magical ore can be crushed into powder and used to power elaborate machinery like electricity, and in Minecraft 1.5 it is getting variable voltage.
When combined with a new capacitor object that is designed to trigger only when it receives a certain voltage, this will allow builders to create even more elaborate devices. For example, Minecraft development lead Jens Bergensten told the gathered crowd that it will make possible things like pressure plates that require a specific amount of weight on them before they’ll trigger. Bergensten also announced that a new solar detector object will be introduced in Minecraft 1.5 that will enable the construction of solar power arrays.
Mojang confirmed that the debut of the Redstone Update will mark an increased pace of expansion for Minecraft, which will include a new API that will allow modders to add onto the game more easily and simplify the process of plugins for players, while keeping the core engine safe from modification. Speaking of tweaking Minecraft, Mojang announced a specialized version of Minecraft Pocket Edition designed specifically for the pint-sized Raspberry Pi computer. More than a straight port of the mobile game, this version will boast more features and support for multiple programming languages, making it a learning tool for budding developers.