Minecraft to receive a combat upgrade
The upgrade follows combat testing of the Java version of the game
A large contingent of Minecraft gamers is about to see a huge upgrade in the game’s combat capabilities. According to a post by Minecraft’s chief creative officer, Jens Bergensten, the game’s team has been testing the Java version of the game and is ready to roll out the upgrade. This first update will only be available for the Java version, but other versions will be upgraded, as well, in the near future.
According to Bergensten, there are several issues with the current Minecraft game. Among these are the game’s slowness in player vs. player action, making it not exciting. Damage per second can’t beat regenerating items because the rate is too low. Additionally, the weapons are very similar and the armor is not balanced properly.
The new combat system offers a number of new capabilities, including faster attacks, the ability to hold to attack, weapons now have different attack ranges, the attack timer continues to charge (up to 200%) after an attack is stopped and, when the timer reaches 200%, special attacks become available. Other enhancements include the ability to bypass shields in jump attacks, the removal of warm-up delays for shields, the activation of shields when sneaking or crawling and a change in the measurement of the invulnerability timer when an attacker hits an opponent with a quick weapon.
The update is now available through a zip file that should be unpacked to the same versions folder of the current Minecraft application data folder. From there, a new launch configuration needs to be created using the “1_14_combat-212796” version, after which, the remaining files are downloaded automatically. Since this is only for the Java version, it isn’t available on all platforms, but works on PC, Xbox One and other systems that have Java support.