Minecraft Live returns in October

Minecraft Live returns in October

Maybe we'll finally find out when the 1.18 update is coming.

Lᴀst yᴇᴀʀ's plᴀɴ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀɴ ɪɴ-persᴏɴ Mɪɴecraft Festival wᴀs scrapped ɪɴ March 2020 ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ, ᴀs ʏᴏᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ɴᴏ ᴅᴏubt alʀᴇᴀᴅy ɢᴜᴇssed, ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ Covid-19 pᴀɴdemic. Insᴛᴇᴀᴅ, fᴀɴs ᴡᴇre treᴀᴛed ᴛᴏ Mɪɴecraft Live, ᴀɴ ᴏɴlɪɴe ᴇᴠᴇɴt thᴀᴛ rᴀɴ ɪɴ Ocᴛᴏʙᴇr ᴏꜰ thᴀᴛ yᴇᴀʀ. Toᴅᴀʏ Mojᴀɴg ᴀɴɴᴏunced thᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴡɪʟʟ reᴛᴜʀɴ ꜰᴏʀ 2021 wɪᴛh "juicy Mɪɴecraft ɴᴇᴡs," chᴀᴛs wɪᴛh cᴏɴᴛᴇɴt creᴀᴛᴏʀs, ᴀɴd a communɪᴛy thᴀᴛ ᴡɪʟʟ sᴏᴍᴇʜᴏᴡ "ᴀᴄᴛuᴀʟʟy ɪɴfluence tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ."

The show will begin at 9 am PT/12 pm ET/5 pm BT or your local equivalent on October 16—there's a map below if you're not sure about that sort of thing—, and will be streamed on the official Minecraft Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch accounts, as well as at minecraft.net.

"The guest list includes new and familiar faces from Mojang Studios, our amazing community, and a surprise appearance or two," Mojang said. "On the menu you will find in-depth interviews, exciting reveals, a nail-biting vote, and puns galore! In lieu of gifts, please send positive vibes so the power doesn’t go out."

Mojang said that more information about what's in store will be revealed closer to the show date, but one thing I would expect to figure largely is the Minecraft 1.18 update, the second part of Caves & Cliffs, which became a thing in April when Mojang chopped the planned big update in two and delayed the second half until later this year. It will still be a big update, though, delivering a complete overhaul to caves, new biomes and sub-biomes, new blocks and items, and something called the Warden. (In case there's any question, it's not a good something.)

A firm release date for the 1.18 update still hasn't been announced but the end of 2021 is a lot closer now than it was then, and Minecraft Live seems to me like a fine time to nail it down—or maybe even do a surprise rollout.

As for the in-person Minecraft Festival, Mojang and Microsoft apparently had a better grasp on the reality of Covid-19 than most other game companies: It postponed the show all the way into 2022. A more specific date hasn't been set.

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