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Minecraft Overworld Update will hit Windows 10 and Pocket Editions later this month

Microsoft plans to roll out quite the Minecraft update at the end of this month, titled Overworld Update, and today the company teased what players can look to expect to see in the upcoming release. This next patch will be made available for both the Minecraft Windows 10 and Pocket Editions.

Here's what is planned for the Overworld Update:

  • Finally make more advanced mechanical contraptions for your world with additional redstone components. Comparators, repeaters, dispensers, droppers, hoppers, trapped chests and various additional Minecart types will all be available. Invent all the things!
  • Tangle with spooky witches and their huts during your adventures. Witch huts found while exploring swamps also now contain an exciting new feature – their cauldrons will be filled with a randomly generated potion that you can snag for your own if you're feeling sticky-fingered.
  • Speaking of cauldrons, they can now be used to dye your armor an array of beautiful colors.
  • Display your coolest loot in your home with Item Frames – or mount your maps on the wall to plan your adventures with a world overview.
  • Other gameplay elements new to Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Beta are slime blocks, wearable pumpkins, red sandstone as well as improved chicken jockey mobs.
  • Even beyond gameplay elements, we're also now introducing the ability to import and export maps into the Windows 10 Edition Beta, making it easier for you to share your favorite worlds with friends.

As well as the above feature list, Microsoft will also roll out eight new achievements for those rocking the Windows 10 Edition:

  • Camouflage – Kill a mob while wearing the same type of mob head.
  • Dispense With This – Construct a dispenser.
  • Tie Dye Outfit – Dye all 4 unique pieces of leather armor.
  • Map Room – Place 9 fully explored, adjacent maps into 9 item frames in a 3 by 3 square.
  • Trampoline Bounce – 30 blocks upward off of a slime block.
  • Freight Station – Use a Hopper to move an item from a Chest Minecart to a Chest.
  • Smelt Everything! – Connect 3 Chests to a single Furnace using 3 Hoppers.
  • Taste of Your Own Medicine – Poison a witch with a splash potion.

Are you excited for the Overworld Update? Sound off your thoughts in the comments.

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

25 Comments
  • awesome! :)
  • Best game ever. But they need to bring the Windows 10 Edition to Windows 10 Mobile.
  • +1
  • Heck yeah they should. There should be xbox integration on mobile as well. And I doubt its too much to do to make it a true UWP since it already seems to be, but published twice, once with and once w/o xbox live integration...
  • Yes,it will be so awesome.
  • The Windows 10 Edition is actually the same Pocket Edition in case you didn't know ;)
  • Yes, but you have to buy them seperately, and there are no achivements in Pocket Edition :P I've always wanted Windows 10 Edition to become cross-buy as a universal app, and honestly I back then I expected it to become one..
  • But Windows 10 Edition could support Continuum and then also import/export of maps.
    Pocket Edition is compatible with Windows Phone 8, I guess that's the reason it still exists.
    Basically they are the same with those little differences. ;)
  • i wish i had exported my save before i tested windows 10 mobile last summer.. ugg there was a world.
  • The Windows 10 Edition is based on the Pocket Edition, but it's not exactly the same. There are quite a few differences.
  • Ok, but any news about WP 10 update this February as Microsoft said?
  • Probably not in a Minecraft article, and what is the rush? Wouldn't you rather have it finished than shipped?
  • The Windows 10 version is based on the mobile version. The only thing missing from the mobile version is achievements.
    Talking of which I'm glad to see more at last, but these seem unnecessarily complicated compared to the other versions.
  • The Windows 10 Edition has controller and mouse & keyboard support.
  • So basically their ignoring MS rules on how to implement achievements
  • Does the Windows 10 version support texture packs?
  • Finally! Windows 10 Edition Beta will get an update we appreciate!
  • Nice.
  • Do we get....pistons?
  • Yeeeesss!  I already prefer Windows 10 Edition to the regular Minecraft, thanks to better performance and cross-platform multiplayer, and it keeps getting better and better :) 
  • I'll be really excited when I can get a realm for Windows 10 Edition and invite my son to play on it from our Xbox.  When is that coming?
  • Indeed, convergence of the Xbox versions of Minecraft is a must--and the most exciting potential feature gained by Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang. Imagine being able to play your world on any of your Windows 10 devices: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Surface tablet, Windows phone, and HoloLens.
  • They should make it support mods and allow publishing mods on the Windows Store
  • That's an excellent idea.
  • finnaly i can use it.