Mojang has made live a 'pre-release' version of its Minecraft 'Redstone' update for PC players.
The full version of the patch goes live next week Wednesday, March 13.
The Redstone patch adds a list of new tools and creative functions, including new dispensers, a daylight sensor, a weighted pressure plate, improvements to inventory management and of course the block of Redstone.
The pre-release can be downloaded via Mojang's site. Here's the full change log:
- Added Redstone Comparator (used in Redstone logic)
- Added Hopper (collects items and moves them to containers)
- Added Dropper (similar to Dispensers, but always drops the item)
- Added Activator Rail (activates TNT Minecarts)
- Added Daylight Sensor
- Added Trapped Chest
- Added Weighed Pressure Plate
- Added Block of Redstone
- Added Nether Brick (item)
- Added Nether Quartz and ore
- Added Block of Quartz, with half blocks and chiseled variants
- New command: /scoreboard
- New command: /effect
- Containers and mobs can have custom names
- Inventory management has been changed, for example you can drag-place items over slots
- Texture packs now have separate images for each block and item, and can have animations
- Nether Quartz Ore now spawns in the Nether
- Smooth lighting now has three settings (none, minimal, maximum)
- More detailed death messages
- Some hostile mobs now are harder in Hard difficulty
- Many, many, bug fixes
- Removed Herobrine
Minecraft had sold over 20 million copies across all platforms, according to Mojang figures in January.
The PC version had accounted for around 9 million of that figure, while Minecraft Pocket Edition had sold 7.3 million copies. The Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition had sold almost 4.5 million copies by December 2012.