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Minecraft to get new monster, dyed armour, potatoes and potions of invisibility

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Some Reddit folk have gained access to an upcoming Minecraft snapshot that includes a bunch of new foodstuffs and a horrible new monster to contend with. PCGamesN spotted the unofficial patch notes, which mention carrots, potatoes, potions of invisibility, frames, dyed armour and more.

The highlight of the upcoming features may well be the new Wither Boss - a dark, skeletal figure with three skull heads that can shoot poisonous bolts out of its various faces. Another weird and quite disturbing addition to the increasingly scary world of Minecraft. Youtube, Sethbling, has trapped the creature in a glass cage for us to point and laugh at, because as King Kong has taught us, that always ends well.

Minecraft 1.3 update due out August 1

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Minecraft is expanding again. Mojang have announced that the game's new 1.3 update will arrive on August the 1st and will bring with it "A huge number of changes". It's been a bit of a wait since the last Minecraft update, but Mojang say that's because they've been making some significant structural changes to Minecraft's engine, they've "kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multi-player," which brings us one step closer to mod support, and will ensure that any tweaks to multiplayer will work in single-player as well.

According to the Mojang website 1.3 will include "lots and lots of bug fixes" and performance enhancements. Those will be needed however, as the new singleplayer/multiplayer combined build will be more performance intensive. According to Mojang "When playing single-player, the game needs to be able to both simulate and emulate the world, which take many more CPU cycles."