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Minecraft 1.7 update is out now, you can no longer punch the wool off sheep, pistons added

Minecraft - black sheep

Earlier on we got a charming trailer for the Minecraft 1.7 update. Now, the update is out! As well as the expected pistons, the update means that we'll no longer be able to punch the wool off sheep. New shears are now the only way to get hold of wool, and they can also be used to pick up leaf blocks. You'll find the brief patch notes below, as they appear on Notch's blog .

The 1.7 update was initially due to add a ton of radical new features to add more objectives to Minecraft. The so called Adventure Update will now land with patch 1.8 and will add, among other things, " NPC villages ." Until then, the new pistons open up some impressive new building options, as evidenced by the earlier Minecraft trailer.

Patch notes

  • Added pistons

  • Fire or redstone is now required to trigger TNT

  • Fences can be stacked

  • Added shears

  • Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks

  • Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them

  • Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched

  • Removed Herobrine

Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed.