It's been a couple of weeks since the last Minecraft Monday, and details about the release of 1.4 are starting to emerge. Among them is the first official pet that will be available to Minecraft players.
A pet that will help you kill things.
Check out the video and details, after the jump!
While they've been confirmed for a while now, we're getting our first glimpse at wolves, the newest mob to hit Minecraft - and, interestingly, the first one that can be domesticated. According to the Minecraft wiki, wolves will naturally (though rarely) hang around forest and taiga biomes. Moreover, players will be able to lure and tame wolves with pork chops and bones. (Don't try that in real life, kids...) Once tamed, wolves will not disappear the way other mobs do, and will follow you around and attack whatever mobs you attack. Already they sound better than the only other, erm...pet available now: Slimes. (Really, what kind of pet looks like a square booger with a face and sounds like jello being dropped on linoleum?)
In a rather cute addition, wolves that have been tamed will be distinguishable from their wild brethren by a red collar around their necks. (Will we have to get them spayed or neutered, too?) They will also have a softer, kinder look to their eyes. Here's hoping there'll be a texture pack that makes them look like Courage Wolf.
For more, check out the video below, but first a bit of other news: Achievements are also coming to Minecraft. As the game's creator Notch recently announced on his blog:
Achievements will NOT be chores like "cut down 10000 trees", but rather challenges like "ride a pig off a cliff". Stats, however, will be used to keep track of how many trees you have cut down. The long term plan is to show achievements and stats from the profile page on minecraft.net as well, in case you want to brag.
It's good to see that the developers are keeping a sense of humour with this game. There's nothing worse than something that hits it big and then loses its charm.
As promised, the wolf video is below, taken directly from one of the developer's YouTube accounts. Enjoy, and don't forget to send us your favourite Minecraft pics and videos. We're always happy to feature our readers!
[Image credit: Halolz]