Minecraft Needs To Stop Promising Features It Can't Deliver – Screen Rant


For two years, Mojang has canceled or delayed many promised Minecraft features, and the Minecraft community is frustrated by the inconsistency.
The developer of Minecraft needs to stop promising features it can’t deliver. The Wild Update was released without several of the features advertised during its Minecraft Live 2021 reveal, and although the update’s new features are welcome, many players are irritated that what was delivered differs significantly from what was promised. As Mojang Studios begins development on the next Minecraft update, it should be more secretive about its plans to avoid disappointing players.
The Caves & Cliffs update reveal in 2020 showed players a host of upcoming features, including the Warden, new cave biomes, a new ore, and most notably, revamped world generation. However, when the Caves & Cliffs update was split into two parts, many of these features were delayed. In Part 2 of Minecraft‘s Caves & Cliffs update, the biggest change made was an overhaul of the game’s world generation mechanics. While this transformative feature was applauded by fans, the promised Warden boss was once again delayed. Continuing this pattern, the newly released Wild Update didn’t include some of its promised features. No changes were made to existing biomes, and fireflies, a long-anticipated feature, were indefinitely postponed by Mojang. Additionally, although Archaeology and bundles were initially announced to be released in June of 2021, they remain absent from Minecraft. Over the past two years, Minecraft‘s developer has continually delayed, shelved, and canceled various features. Mojang’s pattern of not developing features has frustrated many members of the Minecraft community.
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Mojang’s efforts to be transparent about potential Minecraft features and upgrades are well-intentioned. As a sandbox game, Minecraft gets many things right. The game’s seemingly limitless potential has attracted a massive, dedicated community. Mojang understands Minecraft‘s importance to the gaming community and tries to allow its player base some influence over the game’s content. In recent years, however, Mojang’s transparency regarding Minecraft‘s development has frustrated the game’s community. While sharing potential features and concept art engages the community, it also leads to disappointment and frustration when the final product does not follow through. To avoid future upset, Mojang needs to learn from its mistakes and be more secretive about its plans for upcoming updates.
Minecraft players can’t mourn the loss of a feature if they never knew it was an option in the first place. While Mojang should continue to share its plans for Minecraft’s future with the community, it should be more selective about what it chooses to make public, to avoid disappointing Minecraft fans by removing features from updates. Deciding what aspects of a game’s development to make public is a balancing act, and Mojang should continue to ask their players for feedback, but Mojang doesn’t need to tell players everything that will be included in a future update before it releases. The Minecraft community doesn’t mind surprises, and most of Mojang’s additions to Minecraft over the past decade have been welcomed by the community. The studio is perfectly capable of developing the game independently, given that very few Minecraft features have been altered in response to player feedback. Mojang needs to stop using content under development for marketing pushes, and focus on delivering players quality content.
With its dedicated player base, steady updates and spinoffs including Legends and Dungeons, Minecraft has remained relevant since its release over a decade ago. Minecraft is one of 2022’s most popular games, and although its prominence can fluctuate, it maintains a sizable core group of players. It’s difficult to imagine Minecraft becoming irrelevant, however, it’s arguable that over the past two years, Mojang has lost some of the community’s trust. To regain it, Minecraft‘s developer should be more secretive regarding upcoming content, and only share ideas for features that are certain to be delivered.
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Virginia Doran is a Game Features Contributor at Screen Rant. She plays Minecraft more than she’ll ever admit, and possess a deep love for the Horizon and Last of Us series. She also enjoys playing Planet Zoo and other simulator games. Virginia values narrative in video games above all else, and has some experience in game development herself. She concepted, wrote for, and led the development of a visual novel game titled Beyond Yesterday’s Grasp in 2018, while working fo Watercress Studios. Virginia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Asheville and enjoys streaming D&D with her friends on Twitch @CatchyCantrips. Outside of her writing experience, Virginia has cared for children in a variety of settings, including instructing a second-grade class. She has a special love for children’s media and family-friendly content. She lives with her two beloved cats in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.


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