The lead artist of Minecraft, Jappa, just tweeted out a teaser of some updated ore textures, saying that they were designed with colourblind players in mind.
All of the ores look a little chunky and have a little more depth to them, and some even have different shapes and colouring to stand out better in the new, darker Grimstone block that was added to the latest Minecraft snapshot.
Iron Ore is the most notably different one, appearing in beige veins rather than its previous orangey chunk format. Presumably, this is to differentiate it from the new Copper Ore, which is also orange.
Gold has a nice new look, too, with an appearance that makes it look a little like a constellation of stars. Isn't that lovely?
Coal and Redstone also get a new look, and while Coal looks pretty similar to its old self, Redstone looks a lot like blood. Scary.
Of course, diamond hasn't changed much as far as we can tell. That's because diamond doesn't need to change. We love you, diamond.
The new blocks, new animals, and a bunch of other cool changes that Mojang have been working on will come to Minecraft on Switch this summer in the Caves and Cliffs update, but if you can't wait that long, you can check out the new stuff early in the Snapshots, only available on Java and Bedrock Beta versions.
What do you think of these new ore designs? Are you excited to play the upcoming Caves and Cliffs update? Let us know below in the comments.
Boo you ore
I wonder why I have a James Bond theme playing in my head right now.
@Rhaoulos Diamonds ore forever.... Foreeeeeeeeveeeeerrrrrrr 💎😂
maybe its time for Minecraft 2 xD
Why is Minecraft changing so much when I was a kid it was so simple but now it's so complex
I like the old iron texture. Everything looks nice
@Why_Do_I_Exist mojang is having a midlife crisis
God I would make a "Creeper Aw Man" joke, but that meme is deader than my hopes and dreams.
@Why_Do_I_Exist If it was not getting better there would be something to complain about, but the complexity has been carefully layered and you could play almost exactly the same way you did before and get similar results... but now there is more variety and options if you want to get deeper into it.
Also, in other ways, it has been made more simple to play and is a little less obtuse.
This is an article about carefully refining ore textures (no pun intended) for color blind players to increase accessibility after 10 years.
It's a 10 year old game but is also the best selling video game — and it has rarely stopped slowly advancing its features since the day the public could play it for the first time. I'd say that this slow community building around its updates and changes is a key to why it has sold so well and so consistently.
Probably more of an answer to "why" than you were looking for. Cheers.
"check out the new stuff early in the Snapshots, only available on Bedrock and Java Beta versions."
I really enjoy this snippet. Snapshot refers to Java ONLY, and beta refers to Bedrock ONLY. If the words were swapped around a bit it would make sense though.
@HotGoomba hey what happened to your rebrand?
@BirdBoy16 it got debranded
@Mr_Persona Minecraft 2: Minecrafter, staring a bald protagonist saying awesome one liners with no one around.
So are they gonna have to update that in Smash too?
@BirdBoy16 The rebranding is complete. Aka, the ___Rebrand part sucked.
@HotGoomba oh well that makes sense
Technically copper ore should look green, but as i understand that doesn't help colourblind people much.
@aaronsullivan i was gonna write the exact same response, still simple but layered complexities that add to the game if you want it.
10 years of updates and improvements is nothing to scoff at!
I mean, I guess this exists now. They look more ¨realisitic¨, so I guess that´s kinda cool. And I guess it makes sense to change the actual shaping for color-blind players and stuff. Cause y´know, it´s another change to the game, and change is always gonna happen. I´m sure we´ll all get used to it. At least be happy Diamond hasn´t changed tho, I sure am.
@Why_Do_I_Exist It’s not really that complex. If you play it it feels like the exact same game as it did in 2013. Just with added stuff that adds to your enjoyment.
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