Minecraft’s December Update Will Add the Ability to Glide, Amplified Terrain on PS4

November 23, 2016Written by Jason Dunning


The biggest Minecraft update of 2016, Mojang and 4J Studios have announced that the free Holiday Update is releasing in late December for consoles (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U).

Giving a sneak peek at the Holiday Update, Mojang revealed that it will include new mobs, items, blocks, and status effects, updates to the UI and tutorial, and the ability to glide through the air with the new Elytra. Additionally, PS4 players getting started on a new world will be able to turn on Amplified Terrain, making the differences between mountains and valleys more extreme.

Here’s some of the things you can expect from the Holiday Update, as explained by Product Marketing Manager Jeff Rivait:

  • 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 PlayStation 4, you can turn on “Amplified Terrain.” This option makes the differences between mountains and valleys more extreme – put that Elytra to good use!

Expect more details once it’s released in late December.

If you’ve yet to play Minecraft: Story ModeEpisode 1 is now available for free, and the Season Pass Deluxe is on sale in North America as part of the Black Friday offers.

[Source: Mojang, PS Blog]