The Minecraft universe is ever-expanding, inexorably stretching for the outer limits of possibility in the video game industry. It's an unstoppable force of impossible size, a juggernaut intent on dominating new areas as it continues to grow. The dominion of Minecraft is inevitable, and the next chapter of its creators' devious plan will be revealed to all during the next Minecraft Live event.
Jokes about the influence of Minecraft on the video game industry aside, it's always a big deal when Mojang Studios hosts its annual Minecraft Live event to reveal and discuss the impending future of Minecraft releases, changes, and updates. Minecraft Live 2022 is finished, and it was an exciting one for a number of reasons. Here's everything you need to know about Minecraft Live 2022, including how to watch it, and what viewers can expect.
What is Minecraft Live?
Minecraft Live is the modern, remote iteration of the Minecon of the past, an in-person Minecraft-themed convention that was retired thanks to the affects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Mojang Studios (and potentially guests) host a livestreamed event, during which it reveals the next 12 months of Minecraft. The show is an exciting affair for the Minecraft community year after year, and typically attracts a huge surge of traffic and discussion online.
Minecraft Live began its life in 2020, and is returning for a third year to give players insight into what to expect from the growing Minecraft universe. This year's show will have new surprises and some major updates to the formula of previous years, but all-in-all should be familiar to those who have joined Minecraft Live in the past. This is undoubtedly the single biggest day of the year for Minecraft and its community, and is a can't-miss event.
Minecraft Live 2021, for example, revealed Minecraft 1.19 "The Wild Update," Minecraft Dungeons: The Cloudy Climb (its first Seasonal Adventure), the annual mob vote (which led to the addition of the allay to Minecraft), the arrival of Minecraft: Java Edition to PC Game Pass, and more. We have every reason to believe that this year's Minecraft Live event will be a just as, if not more, exciting look at some of the best games from Xbox's Mojang Studios.
Minecraft Live 2022: How to watch
Minecraft Live 2022 is officially concluded, and you can view the live stream in its entirety in the video above. Minecraft Live 2022 officially aired on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CT / Noon ET / 5:00 p.m. BST. There was a pre-show beginning 30 minutes before the main event on Oct. 15, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. BST. The show, with its pre-show, ran for nearly two hours in length.
Mojang Studios also ensured Minecraft Live 2022 is available in a variety of other languages, as well as ASL and audio description, including:
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Audio description
- Spanish (Mexico)
- Spanish (Spain)
When Minecraft Live returns, you'll be able to tune into the show through any of the following official Minecraft channels and sources:
Minecraft Live 2022: What to expect
The Minecraft brand is a veritable franchise at this point, with a variety of games and products in the works. Minecraft Live 2022 shed light on many of these upcoming expansions to the Minecraft universe, with much in line with expectations leading up to the show. Now that Minecraft Live 2022 is passed, it's time to reflect on what was revealed or shown during the two-hour event.
We'll summarize the main points below, but you can refer to Windows Central's live blog of Minecraft Live 2022 for every tidbit of information you could need.
- Minecraft Legends gets new gameplay and cinematic trailers. Minecraft Live 2022 began with an extended look at Minecraft Legends, the upcoming action-strategy game from Mojang Studios and Blackbird Interactive. During the segment, we saw a cinematic intro for the Hosts, Minecraft's first fully voiced mobs, the cinematic opening for the game, gameplay footage of Minecraft Legends' beautiful world, varied mobs, online co-op gameplay, and more. We also learned that Minecraft Legends is arriving in Spring 2023, and will continue to evolve after launch with new content.
- Minecraft Dungeons continues with Season 3 and The Tower improvements. Next on the agenda was Minecraft Dungeons, the action-RPG title that continues to grow over time. Minecraft Dungeons Season 3 is coming, and it's a festival for animal lovers. All players are getting access to a brand-new jungle-themed level, and The Tower is gaining a ton of new features, content, and support for four-player online co-op. Finally, Minecraft Dungeons and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition are collaborating on Spooky Fall, an event returning for another year of spooky celebrations.
- Minecraft 1.20 was revealed, with more to come in the future. Mojang Studios then introduced the first features from Minecraft's next major content update, 1.20. The update is centered around player expression and representation, and on making Minecraft "Minecraftier." Mojang Studios is changing the way it communicates on Minecraft updates to be more transparent and honest, which means only the first four 1.20 features were shown. In the coming days or weeks, players will be able to test camels, hanging signs, chiseled bookshelves, and bamboo building blocks from Minecraft 1.20.
- The Sniffer won the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022. Finally, the Minecraft Live Mob Vote 2022 concluded with the Sniffer as the victor. Over 3.5 million votes were submitted this year, and the Sniffer earned over half of them. The Rascal and Tuff Golem were eliminated, and the Sniffer is heading to Minecraft in a future content update, complete with its accompanying plants.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.