After years of “beta” updates, Mojang has now released version 1.0 of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android and iOS. This new version finally gets rid of the beta tag for the popular sandbox game, five years after it was first released, while also adding quite a few new features.
The biggest addition is the End cities and content, including the Ender Dragon, which players will have to battle in the final stage. There’s also the World Seed Library which will help players find worlds with the specific types of features they want. Polar bears and igloos have been added for any snowy worlds.
Minecraft’s PC soundtrack has also been added to the Pocket Edition with the 1.0 update. Players can also create larger and taller structures, as the world height has now been doubled from 128 to 256. Even though this new version has been called the Ender Update, Mojang says it has lots of plans for more content to be added to Minecraft Pocket Edition in the coming months.
Along with the Ender Update, Minecraft Pocket Edition players can also celebrate the holiday season with the new Festive Mash-Up Pack for 2016. It adds a new snow-based world to explore, including “log-built chalets, frozen lakes, vast caves woven through with cart tracks” and more. The holiday pack also includes a number of new character skins to try out. You can be traditional and play as Santa Claus, or you can try on some very different looks, from a reindeer to a yeti to Santa’s evil twin Krampus. There’s even an alternate blue version of Santa in case red is not your color.
The 2016 Festive Mash-Up pack for Minecraft Pocket Edition is available as an in-game purchase for $3.99. Will you celebrate the holiday season by playing Minecraft with the new update and add-on pack?