The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft will soon be receiving Title Update 12, a long-awaited patch for the building game. Today they explained exactly what players can expect out of this update.
Minecraft's TU12 introduces many of the features seen in Patch 1.2 for the PC/Mac version. The game worlds will become much more diverse thanks to a new jungle biome with new types of plants. Ocelots, a new kind of tameable cat, can be found in the jungle. Towns, meanwhile, will now be inhabited by baby villagers and iron golems. The latter act as guardians for villages.
The world of Minecraft will look very different for another reason as well: the height limit has been greatly increased. Once the patch has been implemented, the limit will be increases from 256 from 128. That should give players the ability to make some truly epic structures.
TU12 also includes a new Tutorial World. Presumably the tutorial will acclimate players to all the new content included in the patch. The first details on TU12 were released back in May, though, and this content has been live on the PC for a long while so I imagine many players are good and ready to dive right into the jungles.
If you're curious about what else the patch entails, here's the full list of changes and additions courtesy of PlayXBLA:
Jungle Wood Stairs
Jungle Wood Half Slab
Jungle Wood Block
Jungle Wood Planks
Jungle Tree Sapling
Ocelot Spawn Egg
(Creative Mode only) Chiselled Stone Brick
(Creative Mode only) Mob Heads (Skeleton, Wither Skeleton, Zombie, Human and Creeper)
New Tutorial World.
New map height limit (256 instead of 128).
Cocoa beans grow on Jungle trees
Slabs and Stairs can be placed upside-down by placing them below a block.
Added Corner Stairs and upside down Corner Stairs.
Added 3D dropped items.
Added dispensing Boats and Minecarts to Dispenser.
New ambient cave sounds.
New AI for Mobs.
Added rare drops for Mobs.
Villagers will have children if there is room in their village.
Zombie sieges will occur occasionally at night.
Zombies break down doors on Hard Mode.
Crafting recipe for ladder now yields 3 ladders instead of 2.
Placing blocks on grass will replace it.
Lava now has a faint rumbling sound effect, and large particles that hop out of the lava produce a popping sound.
Very rare Desert Wells can be found in Desert biomes.
Increased max boats in a world to 40.
When in the Nether, Snow Golems will melt and die same as when they are in Desert biomes.
Abandoned Mineshafts can generate with wooden bridges now when generated over a cave or over top another tunnel.
Doors have been updated so that double doors work better with Redstone.
Added a Favourites tab to the Skin Selector menu, storing most recently used skins.
Added support for Texture Packs and Mash-up Packs, and display of these in the Minecraft Store.
Fixed local player shadows not being displayed.
Fixed a few issues with the Privileges settings.
Fixed visible seams in clouds.
Fixed 3rd person camera issues with water, where the underwater filter would be randomly removed.
Fix for structures generating at the edge of a world.
Fix for putting enchanted items in a Minecart With Chest and destroying it removes the enchantments.
Fix for breaking a bow having improper animation.
Fix to make Minecarts run at the correct speed.
Fixed a few memory leaks.
Fixed issue with “Can Open Containers” option.
Fixed issues with “Can Build and Mine” option.
Fixed Issue with TNT blocks being triggered by explosions even with “TNT explodes” option off.
Fixed Wolves not tilting their heads when the player has a bone in their hand.
Fixed the colour of Potion particles status effect to match the Potion colour.
Fix for doors spitting in half and glitching in open/closed motion when mined.
Fixed artefacts on edge of flames when in first person.
Fixed a lot of game lighting issues.
4J Studios announced over Twitter that the patch is currently being certified by Microsoft:
No release date has been announced yet but if the patch is being certified, that means it's all but ready to be implemented. It could be just a few days from release.
In addition to providing TU12's patch notes, 4J also announced that Minecraft has now sold over 8 million copies on Xbox 360. For basis of comparison, the PC/Mac edition has sold around 11.7 million to date. That's a pretty good showing for the 360 edition, considering it's been available for less time and is widely known to have fewer features. The high sales of the game on 360 inspired 4J and Microsoft to release a boxed version through stores with many of the patches preloaded into it.