While 2020 continues to be a dumpster fire of a year, the gaming industry has been forced to come to terms with certain things, too. No mass gatherings, physical events, and a congested digital space. That space will become even more crowded this October when Minecraft Live 2020 goes well, live. The annual Minecraft convention has seen several changes over the years, but 2020 was meant to be something different. It would have been both a physical event as well as a livestream. However, the unfortunate arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans to rest.
Instead of the Minecraft festival, we will see the livestream content on October 3. While you may not be able to hang out with your friends that are into Minecraft as much as you in person, you will still get the reveals and surprises that usually come with such celebrations. Mojang Studios is teasing huge updates at Minecraft Live 2020. The developers are also asking players to pick the next Minecraft mob as part of the celebrations. Fan power, that should make for some interesting decisions down the line.
This follows 2019’s Minecon Live, which saw the mountain biome voted into the game proper. We also saw the substantial Nether update which shook up the region for Minecraft players. It was also where the opening cinematic for Minecraft Dungeons was shown off, while Minecraft Earth saw the confirmation of a beta date. Whether Minecraft Live 2020 will bring a similar level of updates or changes remains to be seen. What we do know, is that Mojang Studios is promising that fans will get “answers to pertinent questions about what the rest of Mojang Studios have been working on all year.”
As for the proper Minecraft Festival, the event originally slated for September, will now take place in 2022. Mojang also announced they will no longer be involved with official community events. Bummer. Let’s just hope Minecraft Live 2020 has more pleasant news.