Minecraft's 'Village & Pillage' update adds pandas and so much more

A few months ago, Microsoft revealed that Minecraft was getting a "Village & Pillage" update which would add a host of new features. Since then, we haven't heard much in terms of a release date. Luckily, that changed yesterday when Microsoft's Aubrey Norris revealed that the patch would hit the console "tomorrow." However, if there are issues with the build, then it may be delayed further.

The Minecraft Village & Pillage update should be a relatively small download even though it packs a number of features. Everything from new blocks to animals are being added to the game. Some of the most significant additions are listed below.

  • Campfires: Can be used to cook or generate light.
  • Scaffolding: Can be used to climb quickly.
  • Barrel: New storage object.
  • Bell: Used to produce sound.
  • Smoker: Used to cook faster.
  • Lantern: New light source.
  • Crossbows: Stronger than bows but they reload very slowly.
  • Suspicious Stew: Can be used to boosts or burdens.
  • Cats: Cats can be found roaming villages.
  • Pillager: Pillagers go around killing villagers.
  • Ravager: Minotaur-like creature which destroys crops.
  • Pandas: Pandas are being added to the game and they're awesome.
  • Fox: Foxes spawn in Taiga biomes.
  • Trading: New traders will be seen around the world.

It's great to see that Minecraft is still getting tremendous support after all these years. This month, it joined Xbox Game Pass so you can play it with a subscription. Right now, there's a promotion going on which gives you access to Minecraft and over a hundred other titles for $1 a month.

What do you want to see in Minecraft? Let us know.

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  • Some of these features like pandas were added in earlier updates, but they’re still part of the “Village & Pillage” umbrella.
  • Still waiting on that super duper graphics pack 😁👍
  • It's apparently still coming, the graphics team is re-writing the engine.
  • this is what villages shouldve been
  • Pretty upset that this update has shut down my Realm for (what the loading screen says) is 48 Hours. Paying a monthly premium should never cost you two days of gameplay because of an update. Unacceptable...
  • Have you submitted a complaint? It would seem to me if you paid for 30 days of access, you should be refunded, at minimum, cost/30
  • The realm isn't shut down, your client is just incompatible. If you're really that bothered by losing out on 48 hours of gameplay, don't update your game and it'll let you in as normal.