Minecraft Surpasses 300 Million Copies Sold and Unveils Exciting New Features to Mark Milestone


Minecraft was the center of attention at the Minecraft Live event, held this past Sunday (15), where news about the game was announced and it was revealed that it had surpassed the mark of 300 million copies sold. The popular game, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2024, will also have several new features in its next update 1.21, such as combat challenge chambers, new creatures – Armadillo and Breeze -, as well as a new automated block.

It is worth remembering that Minecraft is currently available for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Nintendo Switch, Android and iPhone (iOS), in addition to PC. The new features will be tested in beta versions in the coming weeks and will be launched in mid-2024.

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Minecraft will have new randomly generated Trial Chambers challenge chambers with hordes of enemies like the new Breeze — Photo: Reproduction/Minecraft
Minecraft will have new randomly generated Trial Chambers challenge chambers with hordes of enemies like the new Breeze — Photo: Reproduction/Minecraft

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The main new feature revealed are the new challenge chambers, Trial Chambers, which can be found in underground areas of the game. They are like corridors that lead to several randomly generated rooms with different types of combat challenges or chests with useful items for the next battle, almost like in a game with Rogue elements.

In these chambers there will be a new Trial Spawner block that spawns enemies according to the number of players in the group, in addition to offering rewards when they are defeated. In these rooms it will also be possible to find the new enemy Breeze, a being made of wind whose attacks can activate traps in the rooms.

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The Armadillo (Armadillo) was the new mob chosen to enter Minecraft by user voting — Photo: Reproduction/Minecraft Live
The Armadillo (Armadillo) was the new mob chosen to enter Minecraft by user voting — Photo: Reproduction/Minecraft Live

For builders, there are new decorative blocks with Tuff and Copper, including a new form of lighting with Copper that allows for dimmer lights when oxidized and can have their brightness restored by scraping them with an axe. A relevant addition for Redstone builders is the new block called Crafter, capable of manufacturing items just like a Workbench, but in an automated way. Users can send resources to the block and have it mass produced with Redstone signals.

Finally, the game announced the winner of the vote for new mobs: the Armadillo (Armadillo). This friendly little creature can be found in Minecraft and its shell can be used to make armor for your Wolves, thus increasing the defense of your canine combat companions. The losers were the Crab and the Penguin, who will not be added to the game.

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