Minecraft 1.8 has been “accidentally on purpose” leaked by Mojang, just two days before its official release. A pre-beta version appeared on 4chan, presumably planted by a Mojang employee, which then spread to Reddit and the rest of the internet. As can be expected, the Minecraft community has erupted in praise for the new update, which (in this writer’s humble opinion) is the best yet.
The update brings a plethora of features to the table, such as sprinting, new biome generation code (designed to make the transitions less jarring), a new lighting system, new mobs such as the Blue Spider and the Endermen, NPC villages, experience points, and a food consumption bar.
Hit the break for a video and a couple of screenshots, uploaded by yours truly.
At the moment, there’s only one major server running on the new update – Reddit Public Chaos (chaos.nerd.nu). The new server browser is rather nice, showing a player count and a connection strength indicator.