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Shots, Info on Minecraft’s New Jungle Biomes

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Posted on January 19, 2012 AT 12:49pm

THE BUZZ: Jungles are coming to Minecraft, and here are a few screenshots of what they’ll look like—along with some information about them and other updates.

EGM’s TAKE: Remember when some people were afraid that Minecraft moving to final status meant we’d be getting no more updates to the game? That certainly isn’t the case, as today Mojang game developer Jens Bergensten gives us a look at some of the most recent changes hitting the world of mining and crafting.

Before we get to jungles, let me hit some of the other changes mentioned: Dispensers will now place mobs instead of releasing the spawner egg; zombies will now have path-finding AI (meaning they’ll go around obstacles to get to you, instead of getting stuck on them); and wolves will now have new AI and can be bred when tamed.

So, jungles! The addition of biomes to Minecraft have brought us a lot of new area types, and this is the latest one to come. Jungles, of course, will be densely-vegetated areas, and will bring in some different elements versus your typical forests. Both the tree and leaf types will be completely new, and trees will have vines which are climbable by players.

In order to get this new biome, you’ll need to create a new world. However, for those still happily playing their old worlds, Bergensten promises that the addition of the new biome won’t cause any errors for such players.

Source: Mojang's Official Blog

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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