There’s a reason Mojang dubbed Minecraft 1.8 the Bountiful Update. It was the culmination of 10 months’ work, stuffed with exciting infrastructure rewrites and rabbits. But in the way of all updates, it’s yielded an equally exciting number of bugs and breakages.
Mojang have pushed out a pre-release version of 1.8.1, which they reckon will go a long way to solving stability issues and a whole host of other more colourful problems.
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on the 1.8 release and have put together a small update that should fix a lot of issues that people have reported to us,” wrote Mojang’s Dinnerbone.
“This update is compatible with 1.8 servers, but even though it’s not strictly required to update to 1.8.1 we’d strongly recommend that you do for all the performance and stability gains it gives you.”
Life after 1.8 has been particularly weird for players working towards Minecraft’s grudging final objective - the killing of the ender dragon.
Not only have nether portals being popping players out in the wrong direction, such that they lose their sense of direction, but ghostly echoes of the End Portal have been showing up in the overland as shimmering outlines.
What’s more, once they’ve reached the airborne boss, players have found that the dragon has shrugged off all melee damage - only responding to arrow hits.
The patch notes also include fixes to upside-side bows and lethargic bunnies. You can read them in full on the next page.
Have you hopped back into Survival mode since Minecraft 1.8? Come across any of the changes yet?