Minecraft 1.4 delayed for "issue causing mobs to suffocate and fall through wooden floors"

The Pretty Scary update for Minecraft has been pushed back a little bit because of some rebellious code that's triggering some strange behaviour among Minecraft's denizens. That's not strange in a WooOOooOOoo spooky sort of way, it's strange in a disturbingly broken sort of way. Mobs are suffocating to death in open air and then sinking through wooden floors to an unexpected grave and, more importantly, wet wolves look "way too scary."

The update will land this Thursday October 25 while these important fixes are applied. The pre-release, aimed primarily at modders and server admins, is available to download from the Mojang site now. Find the latest list of fixes below.

  • Fixed mobs glitching through wooden floors

  • Fixed players glitching through Beacons

  • Fixed Redstone Repeaters getting stuck in 'on' state

  • Bats spawn less frequently

  • A number of minor font fixes

  • Activated the Wither painting

  • Fixed wet wolves looking way too scary

  • Tweaked naming costs in the Anvil

  • Tweaked enchantment points reward for smelting

  • Fixed bug that allowed any item to be placed in the armor slots

  • Fixed mob spawners spawning too quickly

The update, when it arrives, will add evil Wither and an army of new enemies including infectious zombies, evil bats and cackling witches, all buffed by some superior AI. "Beacons, carrots on sticks, controllable pigs, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin pie, anvils and – perhaps the scariest thing we've ever put in Minecraft – FLOWER POTS," will also feature.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.