At Minecon on September 28, 2019, Mojang and Microsoft revealed the next big Minecraft update, set to refresh the depths of The Nether.

For those who don't know, The Nether is an otherworldly dimension that players can access in Minecraft by crafting a Nether Portal out of obsidian blocks. The Nether his far more dangerous than the overworld, typically, with swarms of aggressive monsters, dangerous Nether Fortresses, and environmental hazards like lava. Unlike the overworld, however, the Nether has become a bit outdated over the years, not receiving meaningful content or updates for quite a while. That all changes with The Nether Update, which Microsoft is aiming to ship before the end of the year.

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What features will be in the Minecraft Nether Update?

The Nether Update will bring fresh mechanics, mobs, and biome features to the hellish dimension.

  • Piglins are a new type of mob that build settlements and can trade with players. They are effectively unzombified zombie pigmen. The Piglins are aggressive unless you're wearing a gold suit of armor since they are — you guessed it — obsessed with gold. You can barter with them for trading.

  • Piglin trading is a little different to the one in the game right now, and will be a little more "Nethery," and involve throwing items on the ground. Oh, and if you loot their chests, be prepared for some swift retribution. Piglins also hunt some of the new creatures in the Nether, such as Piglin Beasts.
  • New mobs include Piglin Beasts, which are more battle-hardened pig-type mobs that dwell in the Nether. Piglin Beasts (now known as Hoglins), will provide food sources for Nether explorers.

Update October 20, 2019: The official name of Piglin Beasts is now Hoglins!

  • New Nether biomes including Soulsand Valley and Netherwart Forest.

  • New special effects and mechanics will accompany The Nether Update to add new gameplay elements and spooky atmospherics.
  • New target block which can be used for hit detection in contraptions.

There will no doubt be more features as we get closer to launch and we'll detail further as more information becomes available. Speaking of which ...

When will the Minecraft Nether Update launch?

Microsoft says the Nether Update will ship during the first half of 2020, following the Bees update, which will launch before the holidays in 2019.

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