In a thrilling development for Minecraft enthusiasts, Mojang has just released Snapshot 24w05a, offering a sneak peek into experimental features that promise to elevate the gaming experience. Here’s a breakdown of the key additions:
Experimental Features: The Vault Block
One of the standout features of Snapshot 24w05a is the introduction of the Vault block. This enigmatic block holds locked treasure and loot, presenting players with an engaging challenge. To unlock its rewards, players must find the right key, adding an element of strategy and adventure to the game.
- Vault Locations: Scattered throughout Trial Chambers, these Vaults contain the structures’ most valuable loot, creating an enticing incentive for players to explore these mysterious areas.
- Unlocking Mechanism: Vaults in Trial Chambers require a Trial Key for unlocking. The catch? After a player successfully unlocks a Vault, they cannot unlock it again. This unique mechanic ensures that the thrill of discovery is a one-time experience.
- Multiplayer Interaction: Vaults can be unlocked by an unlimited number of players. When a player approaches a Vault they haven’t unlocked before, an orange stream of particles will flow from the player to the Vault, signaling the opportunity for unlocking.
- Dynamic Keyhole: The Vault has a keyhole that opens or closes based on the players nearby. If any player in the vicinity has not unlocked the Vault, the keyhole will be open; otherwise, if all nearby players have unlocked it, the keyhole will be closed.
- Randomized Rewards: Inside its cage, the Vault cycles through and displays items that can be ejected from its loot table. The rewards are randomized each time the Vault is unlocked, adding an element of unpredictability.
- Limitations: Vaults cannot be crafted or obtained in Survival, and they do not drop anything when mined. They are explosion-resistant and immovable.
- Loot Table Note: Currently, Vaults reuse the same loot table that reward chests used in the Trial Chambers. However, Mojang has assured players that this loot table is temporary and will undergo a complete revision in future updates.
TRIAL KEY: Texture Update and Enhanced Visuals
Accompanying the Vault block is an update to the Trial Key’s texture, reflecting the new visuals of the Vaults.
Technical Changes: Server Enhancements
Snapshot 24w05a doesn’t just focus on gameplay; it also brings in some technical changes for server operators:
- Region File Compression: Mojang has added a reserved region file compression ID for third-party servers to use custom compression implementations, providing more flexibility and customization options.
- Compression Option: An option has been introduced to allow server operators to choose not to compress region files.
- TPS Debug Chart: Server operators can now view a dedicated server TPS debug chart, offering valuable insights into server performance.
As Minecraft continues to evolve, Snapshot 24w05a gives players a taste of what’s to come, with exciting new features and technical improvements on the horizon. Players are encouraged to explore these additions and provide feedback to contribute to the ongoing development of the game.