Minecraft: Console Editions getting a big Holiday update soon

minecraft-holiday-updateAs seen on the Xbox Wire today, the Xbox and PlayStation editions of Minecraft are going to get a pretty substantial free update next month.

Including the Elytra glider item, which allows player to glide around the survival world, there will be new materials, mobs, items and status effect, a new Amplified Terrain option, and more.

See what Microsoft had to say about the upcoming update below.

Today we?re excited to give a sneak peek into some of the long-awaited features we?ll be bringing to Minecraft: Console Editions in December. Since adding banners, beets and polar bears with our last update in October, the team has been hard at work on our biggest Minecraft console update of the year ? the Holiday Update! You?ll be getting new mobs, items, blocks and status effects, in addition to UI, game and tutorial updates.

Now, with any sneak peek, we aren?t revealing everything right now, but here are some of things we?re most excited to deliver to players:

  • If you?re sick of spending all your time walking on solid ground, just equip the new Elytra, which enables players to glide through the air!
  • You?ll find your Elytra in The End, which has been updated to include End Cities, End Ships and all the Chorus Plants, Flowers and Purpur you can handle. Don?t say we didn?t warn you if one turns out to be a Shulker.
  • Like potions? Use Dragon?s Breath to create Lingering Potions if you want to leave some status effects on the ground for a friend or foe to happen upon. Speaking of status effects, we?re adding a couple new ones as well ? Levitation and Luck.
  • If you?re just getting started on a new world on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can turn on Amplified Terrain. This option makes the differences between mountains and valleys more extreme ? so put that Elytra to good use!

More details will be shared on the Holiday Update when it launches for free in late December across all Minecraft console platforms. In the meantime, I?ll be brushing up on my winter survival skills by tossing some snowballs in Tumble.

Happy building!