Minecraft on consoles just got a new update, called content update 32 on Xbox One and patch 1.35 on PS4. Like the last few updates, the new Minecraft patch focuses solely on the new Battle Mode, an admittedly cool feature that ramps up the game’s multiplayer component. But also like the last few updates, it leaves survival mode basically untouched. We still haven’t gotten any of the new stuff from the Combat Update that came to PC in the first quarter. The wait goes on.
Battle Mode debuted on the consoles this summer and the last few patches have entirely focused on adding new features and fixing bugs for the new mode. Here’s the PS4 changelog, which is almost identical on the other platforms:
Change log for Patch 1.35 – September 9th 2016
- Remove vote-to-kick function in Mini Games. The host can kick players only in the Lobby.
- Disable small, floating and oddly shaped skins in public Tumble games.
- Fix for Battle mini game showdown playing Tumble mini game showdown sound.
- Fixed a bug where last player to die in Tumble would get stuck respawning.
- Fix for being able to unlock Hunger Pain achievement by killing yourself while starving.
- Fix for crash if a client wins the match and then quits the game.
Ever since Battle mode launched in late June, console developer 4J Studios hasn’t done much with Survival Mode, even though the PC version keeps trucking ahead with cool new features. Battle has definitely been the focus.
And, truth is, that’s okay. The console version has always lagged a good bit behind the PC version and the current delay is far less than we had for the update that changed the world and ocean monuments coming to consoles. And in the meantime, 4J Studio is actually developing cool new features we wouldn’t have otherwise.
We’ll get the Combat Update on consoles eventually. We just have to be patient, and in the meantime enjoy Battle mode. Multiplayer, competitive Minecraft on consoles! Hard to argue too much with that.