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Minecraft 'Redstone Update' pre-release goes live, full update next week

Lengthy change log released ahead of final launch

Mojang has made live a 'pre-release' version of its Minecraft 'Redstone' update for PC players.

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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.

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