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Minecraft to get 1.3 update in August

Mojang is to release a 1.3 patch for its renowned title world building title Minecraft.

World building game Minecraft is to get bigger with a new update set for release on August 1st, according to a statement from its developer Mojang.

The patch is set to bring about a vast number of alterations to the game, some of which will fundamentally alter the game engine.

"The most dramatic change is that we’ve kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multi-player," the statement read.

"There are two major benefits to this: first, it’s required for the modding application programming interface (API) if we don’t want to have multiple implementations of every mod, and second, if we fix a bug in single-player, we know the bug is fixed in multi-player, too. Previously we had to fix bugs both in relation to single-player and multi-player."

Minecraft's multiplayer experience should be enhanced with the update, as it makes the game smoother and more stable through network packets and extra encryption to stop "session stealing".

Meanwhile, the chatting screen has been improved to make for easy editing and clickable links.

Gamers are now also able to share single-player worlds with their pals on the same local network, Multiplayer-style commands have also been transferred to single-player, but cheats have to be enabled.

Some of the smaller, yet still exciting, changes include being able to write in books to leave message and stories behind for other players and new terrain features so that gamers can start with a "bonus chest" to help them get on their way quicker.

New stairs, half-slabs, cocoa plants, dispensers, leaves, cauldrons, levers, gravel, pressure plates, cookies, buckets, minecarts, ice and furnaces, to name a few, have been added for Minecraft aficionados to enhance their worlds.

Some areas of the game that required improvement have been pushed back to the 1.4 update, including lighting problems and the introduction of API.

The update should, nonetheless, keep Minecraft fanatics building expansive and fascinatingly detailed worlds, which in the past has included the likes of Star Trek's trademark ship the USS Enterprise. Most recently, Minecraft players created a blocky version of the Game of Thrones world Westeros.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801402670-ADNFCR