It’s finally here! Minecraft update 1.19.50 has arrived, bringing lots of camel goodness and other great surprises.
This update was promised at Minecraft Live in October. We got to hear from Agnes Larsson and Jens Bergensten, lead designers and spokespersons for Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons. Talk about their plans for new content the following year.
At the center of it all updates 1.19.50, which promises new developments for the blocky adventure game. However, this update is not themed around one cohesive theme as in previous years, including updates to caves and nature.
The Mojang team adds elements to the game that they would like to see. Whether or not they fit together harmoniously rather than in a restricted structure. New elements like bamboo blocks, interactive bookshelves, and camels may not seem cohesive initially.
We horse lovers should rejoice at the birth of this new life by the Mojang team. The addition of camels will save countless equine lives.
The camel can swim. But this is a breakthrough in exploring the world of Minecraft. The terrain is broken up by rivers, lakes, and oceans that dot the ever-growing world, and it would be a relief to traverse them without resorting to violence.
Before the advent of camels, horses were the accompaniment of swift expeditions. Their greatest drawback, however, was the lack of water safety technology. When traveling by horse, one had to either avoid crossing the river altogether or launch the horse into the river and watch it flop around desperately trying to cross the shallow river bed. I have never drowned a horse, but it was never for lack of trying.
Making it better for everyone
But this new update offers a helping hand to more than just horses. The decision to abandon a much-loved theme update was a hard one to swallow but ultimately necessary for the sanity and creativity of the Mojang team.
For Minecraft Live 2022, it was argued that the theme in previous years had done more damage than good for the developers. After all, developers were creatively handcuffed by sticking to one particular theme, meaning they tended to promise more than they could produce.
In the past, Mojang has released features that could not be realized due to workload, stress, or time constraints. A good example of this is the 1.17 cliffs update. This update produced a lot of great stuff, but Mojang promised archaeological features that never materialized.
In Minecraft Live (opens in new tab), developer Agnes Larsson said this year that it is important to “learn from it and take action.” As a result, Mojang has promised to abandon the theme, announcing only features nearing completion to avoid disappointment. In other words, the features that will be added to “Minecraft” will be useful and not simply a means to fill the theme section.
So if you were expecting more from this update, don’t be discouraged. More elements will be introduced as the year progresses. Until then, be thankful that the month-long wait has already provided you with what you want: camels, bookshelves, bamboo blocks, etc.