Minecraft: Pocket Edition saw the release of the 0.14 update not too long ago, and work is already under way on the next update to the game, labelled 0.15.0. This has been confirmed by developers Tommaso Checchi and Jason Major over Twitter, and thanks to a number of other developer tweets, we have a fairly good idea of what to expect from the coming update. Beyond that, it turns out that Mojang is already testing out an Alpha version of the update, which features support for Minecraft Realms.
Minecraft Realms is a paid server service that allows you to purchase a server where upto 10 other players can connect. It will be a multi-platform feature, allowing Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Edition players of Minecraft: Pocket Edition to play with each other. The service will, at present, at least, require you to have a free Xbox Live account. Here’s a link to the game’s alpha, which is currently only available on Android.
It is unclear if this alpha includes other features planned for the 0.15.0 update, which include resource packs, pistons (which will now have a broader base, and can push Block Entities), sticky pistons, a new archer mob, Command Block, Fire Charges, new food such as Raw Mutton and Cooked Mutton, commands, plugins and even an Anti-Aliasing option for Windows 10 and VR.
Based on cryptic hints, we also have reason to believe that there will be a new NPCComponent, that would allow mobs to have a dialogue tree. There might also be Sliced Bread, a new Horses mob, Mending Enchantment, Biome Based Villages and Trading. There might also be new biomes, including the The End.
There is currently no fixed date on when the 0.15.0 update will drop as it is still under development at Mojang. Seeing as the Minecraft Realms alpha is already out, however, it likely won’t be very long. What do you think of the changes coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition? Let us know in the comments below.