Microsoft make Minecraft modding easy

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Published by FileTrekker 2 years ago , last updated 9 months ago

While creating custom mods for Minecraft isn't something new, it's never been the most user-friendly of things to do. This is all set to change, however, as Microsoft are making it much easier by adding simple "modding" options to the game.

This isn't really a massive surprise; Microsoft have been pushing Minecraft as a tool to get children interested in programming and technology from an early age, and adding simple mod tools to Minecraft is another way to achieve this. The new tools will allow players to create mods for the game with only a basic programming knowledge.

Microsoft have been demonstrating the process at E3 this week, and the programming of custom enemies is achieved using JSON, a robust - and simple - JavaScript language. So simple infact, we use it for some elements of FilesNation.

The demo shown at E3 showed off a level full of creepers; and by simply closing the game, editing a texture in paint, and changing one value in the JSON file, the creepers were suddenly turned into brightly colored - and hilarious - maniacs zooming around the world at 100 miles per hour, before the predictable end of destroying the player in a nasty explosion out of nowhere.

Of course, these are just some of the basic examples of the types of character mods you can create. With a bit more knowledge, it's possible to crate entirely custom enemies, races or species of characters.

The update will be coming to Windows 10, iOS and Android in the fall, along with documentation on how to get started with the new modding tool.

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