Minecraft: Console Edition gets its biggest update of the year in December, with Elytra and End Cities

By Brenna Hillier
23 November 2016 03:44 GMT

Minecraft console players will have plenty to keep them busy over the holiday break.


Minecraft: Console Edition will be updated in late December with a stack of new features.

“This is the biggest update we’ve put out this year,” Mojang said on its blog. “There are new mobs, blocks, items, status effects and all manner of other tweaks.”

The developer listed just a few of the things Minecraft: Console Edition players will encounter – the rest of the update’s contents will be a surprise.

  • Elytra: Soar through The End on your freshly-minted insectoid glider, or, if you’d rather practice first, why not put your aerobatic skills to the test by generating a world with the new Amplified Terrain option?
  • End Cities, replete with End Ships, Chorus Plants, Chorus Flowers and Purpur blocks. Not all is as it seems, however – some blocks may conceal Shulkers, limpet-like enemies who fire homing rockets. Take a hit and you’ll take damage and experience something new, too: levitation! Elytra are essential to avoid an uncomfortable landing.
  • You can now use Dragon’s Breath to create Lingering Potions – throwable potions that leave a bubbling slick behind, ideal for ensnaring unwary pursuers.

These are features already available in the mothership (Mac and PC) build of Minecraft, if not the Windows 10 Edition, which shares a feature set with the more lightweight Pocket Edition.

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