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Minecraft's 'Boss Update' adds boss fights to Minecraft

Boss battles will roll out this fall, but you can get a sneak peek today.


Boss battles are coming to Minecraft later this year, but Android users can get a taste of block-on-block boss combat starting today.

"The Boss Update will be out as a free update for all owners of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta, Pocket Edition, and Gear VR Edition this fall," per a press release, "but in the meantime, if you'd like to be one of the first to help us test it out, you can join the public beta on Android."

Minecraft's Boss Update will add two boss creatures. One is the Wither, a floating, three-headed mob. Defeat it, and it might just drop the ultra-rare nether star item. You can use nether stars to build beacons that bestow advantageous effects on other players.

Other new gameplay features include building with prismarine blocks and decorating landscapes with sponges.

Developer Mojang teased more news regarding the Boss Update at this September's MineCon gathering.

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    August 29, 2016 6:00 AM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Minecraft's 'Boss Update' adds boss fights to Minecraft

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      August 29, 2016 7:12 AM


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        August 29, 2016 7:29 AM

        Further confusing things is that the console versions are their own little island with a different update schedule.

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        August 29, 2016 9:07 AM

        it's not. the "windows 10" version is basically the mobile version, which lags behind the original java version (which does work fine on windows 10). I think MS would prefer the java version to just go away, they are pretty good at pretending it doesn't exist

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          August 29, 2016 9:09 AM

          the only thing I'll give them is the Win 10 version does actually perform better comapred to the Java version... but that's the only thing it has going for it.

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          August 29, 2016 12:23 PM


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            August 29, 2016 12:24 PM

            Can't say they didn't give it the 'ol college try though.

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            August 29, 2016 2:15 PM

            There are, however, a few texture packs that essentially change the look of your game, and a few skin packs that change the look of NPCs and your character. These packs do cost money, anywhere from about $2 to $3.50 for a full unlock, whereas the majority of Java Minecraft mods are available for free.

            That's not even polishing the turd - that's just placing the turd in the showroom as-is.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      August 29, 2016 4:00 PM

      It's weird to me that this genre has gotten so little attention from AAA studios. Even a fraction of Minecraft's success would still be a boatload of money. Are publishers just so adverse to risk that they're unwilling to make games in an unfamiliar genre even with another successful game to crib from?

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