Marketplace: a quick guide!
What is it and what cool content can you find?
The Discovery update for Pocket and Windows 10 is out today, bringing all kinds of new things to explore, from the contents of shulker boxes to the secrets of the Illagers’ woodland lair. But even the most loot-packed mansion pales in comparison to the riches created by YOU, the awesome Minecraft community. Now, for the first time on Pocket and Windows 10, players can browse, buy, download and play cool community creations from within the game itself.
You can do all this thanks to the new Marketplace! You can read more about it on our dedicated marketplace page, get a quick rundown of our launch content below, or simply explore it yourself! We also made the nice video above to tell you all about it using mouthy noise-words and moving images! Technology!
SO WHAT’S NEW?
We’ve tried to get a real spread of content for you to peruse at launch - minigames, adventure maps, custom survival spawns, skins texture packs and more. We’ll be bringing you deeper insights into these goodies and the cool creators behind them in the coming weeks - but, for now, here’s a summary of what you’ll find up on the store today!
These maps, some made by big name build teams like Noxcrew and Blockworks, aren't just stunning examples of block-chucking prowess - they often completely remake how Minecraft works, bringing in their own storylines, custom objectives, all-new textures, minigames, re-designed mobs and more. Raid carefully crafted dungeons, rampage through cityscapes on the back of giant robots or do battle against other players in the cold vacuum of space!
Survival SpawnsSmaller in scale than the Worlds listed above, these maps have handcrafted spawns that promise to give you a solid foundation for your own Minecraft Survival Mode adventure. Sometimes the setting presents specific resource challenges, or simply inspires you to run with theme and create your own fun. Expand a remote desert township, rebuild a crumbling ruin, or find your own path - the choice is yours!
Texture PacksTotally transform the look of every block and mob in the game with these graphical overhauls. Minecraft has a pretty distinctive look, but a simple texture switch can completely change the feel of the game. HD textures check in the familiar pixels for a sharper style, or simply switch out the setting for a new theme.
Skin PacksWe love Steve and Alex like siblings, but there are definitely more ways to express yourself in Minecraft. Skin packs let you shed the default player textures in favour of a diverse choice of peoples (and creatures). Whether you're searching for a look that ties your minigame team together, trying to express your own background, or simply fancy roleplaying as a fishman - the community has a skin to suit you!
There's much more to come, too - from post-apocalyptic wastelands to gravity-defying fairgrounds.
Look out for articles on some of these amazing creators in the coming weeks - but in the meantime, why not hop onto Marketplace and see what you discover?
- Marsh Davies