Copper ore is being included as a brand-new resource you can mine and craft into products such as the new lightning rod block. Crystal geodes will likewise be included, letting you craft a telescope. These geodes sound rare – Mojang explains them as “near-mystical”.
Stalactites (they’re the ones pointing down) and stalagmites (pointing up) will likewise be included. These pointy blocks will cause damage if you touch them.
Expect caverns to differ more in shapes and sizes, including massive caverns, underground lakes and waterfalls to raft down.
A brand-new archeology system was likewise discussed, which will let you find buried ruins you can dust off to discover artefacts.
These new locations will be populated by numerous brand-new mobs. The Warden is a hostile enemy which will sense your movement. Axolotl fish will on the other hand be friendly, and can even assist in fights.
Above ground, cliff faces are being upgraded to look more like real mountains. Oh, and there will be mountain goats.
Over on the Minecraft Dungeons side of things, Mojang’s Diablo-lite dungeon crawler will get another free upgrade and a third paid DLC later this year.
Groaning Peaks will bring in a new biome location, a brand-new employer, enemies, items and missions. The free update due at the same time will add an even harder “Apocalypse Plus” option with 20 brand-new trouble levels, fresh magics and even more unique products to grind for.
The long-awaited Minecraft Dungeons cross-platform play was likewise shown, and assured for launch by the end of the year.