For over a decade now, Minecraftplayers have been treated to April Fools jokes either in the form of developer announcements or temporary game updates to help celebrate the holiday. Starting in 2010, the tradition has carried on every year,including 2022. Some Minecraft April Fools pranks have been so well-received that they ended up becoming an official part of the game, as well. As a result, many Minecraft players look forward to the holiday, eager to see what new content Minecraft's developers will be releasing, even if only for a limited time.
April Fools' Day gags are far from the only Easter eggs featured in Minecraft. The game contains plenty of hidden references to other games and popular media and in-jokes fromMinecraft's developers. There are even specific updates that only show up during different holidays. For example, starting in 2012, every Halloween sees the emergence of pumpkin-headed mobs and an abundance of bats. On Christmas, chests are re-textured as wrapped gifts. These holiday updates are among the easiest Minecraft secret for casual players to discover and have consequently become popular among the game's fanbase.
It's unknown whether or not future Minecraft updates will implement April Fools' Day features the way previous updates have. For the time being, only one future update for Minecraft has been confirmed by the game's developers. Minecraft's The Wild update is set to come out at some point during 2022 and will overhaul the game's swamp biomes and introduce new blocks, mobs, andthe previously announced deep dark biome to the game. As for the far-out future of Minecraft, more updates will undoubtedly be revealed over the next year or so. Here are all of the April Fools' Day additions that the developers might consider re-adding as time goes on.
Minecraft April Fools' Day 2010- Minecraft 4D
2010's April Fools Day joke for Minecraft wasn't actually included in the game at all. The original creator of Minecraft,Markus “Notch” Persson, Tweeted out on his account in 2010 that he was planning to release a "Minecraft 4D" announcement trailer as a holiday surprise for Minecraft players. However, his plans were impeded due to his moving into a new house that same month. Despite the prank itself never coming to fruition, it set a precedent that Minecraft has followed ever since.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2011- Minecraft Store
On April Fools' Day 2011, Minecraft players were greeted by locked chests. Using these items would prompt them to visit the Minecraft Store, a fake site created for the holiday. The store contained a multitude of microtransactions, none of which were available to purchase. Given the later addition of actual microtransactions to Minecraft, many fans look back on the Minecraft Store update with a sense of irony.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2012- Mars Effect
In 2012, another hoax website was created by now-removedMinecraft creator Notch, this one promoting a new video game seemingly intended to serve as aMinecraft sequel. The space-based game was humorously titled "Mars Effect," a nod to BioWare's sci-fi RPG Mass Effect. That in and of itself referred to a lawsuit that had only recently been settled between Bethesda and Mojang in response toa Mojang game titled Scrolls, which, according to Bethesda, bore too much resemblance to The Elder Scrolls. Scrolls was later renamed Caller's Bane.
Mars Effect was eventually revealed to be in the works under the title 0x10c.Set to be developed as a newMinecraft game, 0x10cwould have allowed spacecraft customization, planet exploration, and global multiplayer. However, the space sandbox was canceled in 2013 due to creative blocks. Although the concept is technically still considered merely shelved, it's unlikely that Mojang will pick it back up. Instead, interested Minecraft players can look for a similar space exploration experience in games like Starbound and No Man's Sky.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2013- Minecraft 2.0 Update
Minecraft Java Edition 2.0 was announced for 2013's April Fools' Day. The update's changelogadded several new items to the game, a few of which were later officially implemented in subsequent updates. Blocks of coal are one such example. The horse mob was introduced to Minecraft as part of theApril Fools joke ahead of their official debut later that year. Minecraft 2.0 also altered quite a few of the game's features temporarily just to create a fresh experience for players.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2014- Minecraft Villager Skins
Mojang Studios posted on the company's official blog that Minecraft's iconic villagers had taken over the game's skin servers on April Fools Day 2014. As a result, every Minecraft player's skin was replaced with a villager's. Additionally, they could not change their skins back until the joke wrapped up the following day. Other changes included new villager sounds and updated in-game music.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2015- Minecraft Love & Hugs Update
Minecraftversion 15w14a, which was exclusive to the Java Edition of Minecraft, served as a fake announcement for a theoreticalMinecraft version 1.10, jokingly titled the Love & Hugs update. Released on April Fools' Day 2015, 15w14a was a snapshot for Minecraft Java Edition, effectively serving as a preview of a future update for the game. There have been many snapshots released over the years, but it's relatively rare for Mojang to put out hoax snapshots of updates that aren't really coming to Minecraft. Like 2013's Minecraft 2.0 update, 2015's prank temporarily added several new items and features to the game.
The love meter was the most significant change to come with Love & Hugs, which in turn was one of the bigger updates in Minecraft. Upon filling up the love meter sufficiently, players would be allowed access to a Minesweeper-based minigame. Visually, much of the game itself was overhauled. Clouds and particle effects were replaced with hearts, many structures and biomes were temporarily altered, and mobs behaved in entirely new ways. Beyond that, the snapshot included a hint towards the actual upcoming Minecraft update, the Combat Update.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2016- Minecraft Trendy Update
The next April Fools' Day pre-release was released the following year. Minecraft Java Edition1.RV-Pre1 served as a preview for Minecraft version1.RV, supposedly titled the Trendy Update. Although it was just part of an April Fools joke, the preview allowed players to try out several new update items in Minecraft. Virtual reality goggles, USB chargers, and smartwatches were a few additions that cameto Minecraft just for the day.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2017-Mine & Craft Digital Leisure Device
Bucking the trend of the previous two years, April Fools' Day 2017 brought with it another hoax announcement on the Minecraft website itself. This time, it introduced a gaming console designed to resemble a Game & Watch. The device would have been named theMine & Craft Digital Leisure Device. Thefaux promotion for the handheld device claimed that it combined "unsurpassed electronic power" with deep simulation technology.
Minecraft April Fools' Day 2018- New Minecraft Textures
Minecraft's textures have changed quite a bit over the years, but the most drastic change came as part of April Fools' Day 2018. Mojang released an entirely new version of Minecraft'siconic default visual style to mark the occasion, though it was only available for Minecraft Java Edition. As part of the prank, developers claimed that all future versions of Minecraft would use the same textures. The game's splash text was also updated to reflect the change.
The new textures were rendered in 8-bit color. Though they were otherwise unchanged from their standard appearance, the color palette limitations led to a significant reduction in visual quality. Nevertheless, some fans were excited by the change and enjoyed the retro look it brought to Minecraft. Others were glad to see things return to normal on April 2. It was one of the most extensive overhauls Minecraft has received asan April Fools joke.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2019- Minecraft 3D
The following April Fools Day snapshot wasJava Edition 3D Shareware v1.34, otherwise known as Minecraft 3D. According to developers, it came from an old version of Minecraft left unreleased in 1994 and recovered from the rubble of Mojang Studios' old offices. As such, Minecraft 3D borrowed design cues from classic video games like Doom.A new UI was released as part of the snapshot, and various items and cheat codes were added to the game to make the prank seem more authentic.
Minecraft April Fools Day2020- Minecraft Ultimate Content Update
The Ultimate Content update, also known as MinecraftJava Edition 20w14∞, was released on April Fools Day 2020. The prank supposedly added over 2 billion procedurally-generated dimensions to serve as new areas forMinecraft players to explore. Included in that count are dozens of Easter egg-filled dimensions, accessed by warping tothe name of each dimension. Various other visual changes came with the Ultimate Content snapshot,leaving players with hours' worth of content to enjoy.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2021- Minecraft Plus!
Minecraft Plus! is a Windows screensaver app released by Mojang Studios for April Fools' Day 2021.The program's screensavers reference classic screensavers from old Windows operating systems, recreated with Minecraft-inspired visuals. Minecraft Plus! is still available to download for free on Windows computers and can alternatively be run in a web browser instead. Minecraft's developers even made retro box art as part of the prank.
Minecraft April Fools' Day2022 - MinecraftOne Block At A Time Update
The most recentjoke from Mojang Studios was released in 2022 in the form of an April Fools snapshot labeled MinecraftJava Edition 22w13oneBlockAtATime. Most players shorten the name to the One Block at a Time update. For this snapshot, the Minecraft inventory was removed entirely. Instead of adding items to the inventory, players could physically pick them up and hold them in their hands or above their heads. Blocks and mobs could be thrown, and the Ender Dragon could even be ridden if players managed to get close enough to punch it. The complete overhaul of how Minecraft handles breaking items was an exciting change for long-time players, many of whom are just as eager to see what prank will be released next year.
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