Minecraft for Windows 10 celebrates its first birthday with new map and Villains skin pack

Developer Mojang is celebrating the first anniversary of the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft by releasing a free map for the sandbox game. There's also a new Villains skin pack to download for both the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions of Minecraft.

In a blog post, Mojang notes that the Windows 10 version of Minecraft has seen "12,000 code check-ins, 6000 bugs squashed" and 15 major updates since it was first released a year ago:

And our work is not done: soon we'll be introducing add-ons which let you dramatically modify the rules of the game, and, in the coming weeks, we'll enable support for the Oculus Rift, giving players a whole new perspective on their favourite game. There's so much more planned.

To celebrate, Windows 10 owners of Minecraft can download a free roller coaster map for the game.

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Also, the Villains skin pack, which adds 17 new character skins to both the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions of Minecraft, will roll out today as an in-app purchase of $1.99:

Grab it and join forces with Minecraft's most dastardly denizens: slink from the shadows as the sinister Stronghold Seer, unleash the fury as the ferocious Lava Fiend, or, er, sell silverfish as the monstrous Silverfish Monger. The evilest of all mongers! Then there's the grotesque Patchkin, the enigmatic Endergaunt, the chilling Eyece, the Terror Spawner, Dungeon Spectre, Slymime and Cake Maniac. There's evil of every flavour: 17 skins in total - the evilest of all numbers!

Download Minecraft Windows 10 Beta from the Windows Store (opens in new tab) ($9.99)

Download Minecraft Pocket Edition from the Windows Store (opens in new tab) ($6.99)

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  • Still feels like a redundant edition until they make it universal. Separate Pocket and Xbox One editions completely go against the concept of UWP.
  • I agree, but it's a godsend to my younger son whose laptop can't play the Java version nearly as smoothly. The Win10 version is like butter on his machine.
  • Especially since Realms and Xbox Achievements aren't coming to pocket edition but are in the Windows 10 version, doesn't do much for the people who are stuck on 8.1 though.
  • Realms and Xbox Achievements ARE in pocket edition, but only on Android and iOS. Not on Windows Phone/Mobile. Don't ask me why...
  • why ??
  • Its insulting really that they can't even mange to recompile one of their flagship products to phone. Its a pointless edition at the moment.
  • I just want my Minecraft world to sync across all my devices: Xbox One, Surface Pro 4, and Lumia 928. All of my work so far has been in the Xbox One Edition, so I'm hoping they eventually find a way to converge all of these Windows versions together so I can ultimately play my Xbox One Edition world on my Surface, my Lumia, and, eventually, my HoloLens, all with cross-sync and cross-save, seamlessly hopping back and forth between those devices whenever I want to.
  • It's worse than that, the Android version has Realms and Xbox Achievements yet the W10M version doesn't :-( Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Agreed. It's completely unacceptable for a Microsoft-owned company (Mojang) to offer Microsoft-owned features (Xbox Live Achievements) in a Microsoft-owned game (Minecraft) on non-Microsoft-owned platforms (Android, iOS, Amazon Fire, Gear VR) but not on the Microsoft-owned platform (Windows Phone). It's inexcusable.
  • I want xbox one and windows 10 cross-play... Aaaaand command/commandblocks..
  • why windows 10 edition not support mods like PC Version and pocket edition not support achievements like ios and android ??!