Small Change Roundup: January 8th - March 10th

This is our third small change roundup, where we feature changes not covered in individual update posts. Our main focus recently has been large game updates, replays, and new games, but there are still a bunch of new fixes, changes and features!

Updates since January 8th, 2021

Framework (all games)

Bug Fixes

  • Game unlocks are now always correctly ordered by level

Changes

  • Added a reset button to the top of cosmetic categories
  • Prevented players from joining if they don't have the right resource pack(s) enabled

Murder Mystery

Features

  • Added a toggle AFK kicking setting for custom servers

Treasure Wars

Changes

  • Players can no longer build near shops
  • Players can no longer stand inside shop NPC's
  • Ender Pearls will no longer kill players on teleport, instead, will leave players on at least half a heart (SkyWars-parity)

Bug Fixes

  • Respawning players can no longer break blocks
  • Fixed Custom Server summoners having the wrong default setting
  • Fixed upgrade button message for certain non-English languages
  • Boom boxes are now properly removed at the end of a game

SkyWars

These changes were previously mentioned in various update posts. There are no new changes since those posts.

Features

  • Added Sword of Embers, replacing Fire Sword
  • Added Crumbling Cobblestone

Changes

  • Knockback Nemo now applies vertical knockback, rather than just horizontal

Survival Games

Please see:

SG Update Changelog #1

SG Update Changelog #2

DeathRun

Bug Fixes

  • Trap glass is no longer consistently red when using the 0 trap cooldown option in Custom Servers

Changes

  • The Strafe Cooldown option now uses seconds, rather than game ticks, so it's more clear to players

Server / Proxy

Features

  • Improved locker search - colors are now ignored, making it easier to find multi-colored hub titles
  • Added /rules to view (a summary of) the rules
  • Aligned all Hive Team (paid staff & employees) ranks to show HIVE rather than specific tags.
  • We figured out what H stands for, and as such, helpers now have the HELPER tag
  • Added Micro Surveys to poll players

Changes

  • Multiple Custom Server invites from the same user now appear as one
  • Improved punishment messaging

Bug Fixes

  • Eating food once again shows the right particles across all supported versions of Minecraft
  • Various changes to prevent 'Steve Glitch'

Treasure Wars Content Update

We've added 25 new levels to Treasure Wars, bringing the total level count to 100. Additionally, there's a brand new MEGA map: Plaza.

Treasures

  • Pickaxe (Level 76)
  • Championship Belt (Level 79)
  • Burger (Level 82)
  • Earth (Level 85)
  • Pizza Stack (Level 88)
  • Emerald (Level 91)
  • Piñata (Level 94)
  • Saturn (Level 96)
  • Beehive (Level 98)
  • King Villager (Level 100)

Bridge Builders

  • Pigeon (Level 77)
  • Strider (Level 81)
  • Biplane (Level 86)
  • Zoglin (Level 90)
  • Rocket (Level 95)
  • Mailbot Delivery Drone (Level 99)

Particles

  • Spicy Sparkles (Level 80)
  • Ice Blast (Level 89)
  • Yin Yang (Level 97)

Hub Titles

  • Ahoy me hearties! (Level 78)
  • Treasure Trasher (Level 84)
  • Poseidon (Level 92)

Avatars

  • Pirate Bunny (Level 83)
  • Pirate Pug (Level 87)
  • Meowtiny (Level 93)

We hope you enjoy this mini content update! Hide and Seek will be the next game to get more levels and unlocks.

Survival Games Update

Survival Games is officially out of beta!

Over the last week, we have been previewing our new Survival Games update and tweaking the game based on community feedback.

We are now happy that the update is balanced, and have rolled out the changes to the Survival Games modes.

We have also released the first of two new maps, Mobius! We will be releasing the second new map next week.

Thank you to everybody who has given us feedback regarding the update. As always, we are still open to suggestions and will continue to tweak the game based on feedback. If you have any suggestions, please be sure to post them on our forums.

You can view the full changelog here, and the balancing changes we have already made here.


Version Support Update: Update

We will soon be reverting the change that removed 1.16.40 support from The Hive.

To bring you the best possible experience, we use modern features that require recent client versions. Only supporting the most recent client allows us to keep our server light and easily maintainable, which results in a better experience (less lag, so to say).

However, it is clear that updates 1.16.100 and 1.16.200 have multiple issues that prevent a portion of our players from enjoying Minecraft. We suggest that players affected by issues in these versions communicate these issues to Mojang, who are able to resolve them. Good ways of doing this is reporting and upvoting bugs on MoJira and leaving feedback on the Minecraft feedback website. The Hive always advocates for the best experience for our players, but it's important you make your voice heard to Mojang directly.

We must note that this is a temporary extension to the 1.16.40 support. Future Minecraft versions will introduce complex changes that will render 1.16.40 support unmaintainable.

The Survival Games update uses features only available in 1.16.100 and up and will not be playable by those on 1.16.40.

In-Game Surveys

We use a lot of different ways and channels to collect feedback: this website, Discord, the forums, YouTube and others. We're now introducing a new way to poll our players directly: in-game surveys.

Surveys are delivered to players using MailBot and triggered by a combination of chance and defined criteria. For example, our first SkyWars Update Survey polls 1-in-5 players that are level 10 or above.

Below is our first survey that we're running right now (again, not all players will receive this one!). You will see these from time to time as we gather more feedback on game updates, maps, future updates, and anything else!


SG Update Fast-Follow!

This is the first set of changes to the new Survival Games update, currently in preview. We're constantly reading player feedback and more changes will come if required.

Balance Changes

Loot

  • Increased rarity of Boomboxes
  • Increased rarity of Activity Trackers
  • Increased rarity of Flares
  • Reduced the stack size of Arrows

Developer note: We understand that bow/arrow mechanics can feel overpowered. We hope we can have a deeper dive into the damage bows do in the future.

Additionally, loot balance is a very tough thing to get just right. We're constantly reviewing game statistics and community feedback. We will make further changes until it feels exactly right.

Teleporters

  • Per-player teleporter cooldown now increased to 15 seconds to deter from teleporter hopping
  • Updated hologram to show remaining cooldown time
  • Spectators have a shorter cooldown

Flares

  • Only one Supply Crate from a flare can now be called in at a time. If a Supply Crate is currently landing, you will be told that the airspace is full.

Hunger [Experimental]

This is an experimental change and will be changing regularly based on player feedback.

  • Increased hunger depletion rate while sprinting by 3.5x

Developer note: We've seen a lot of discussion from the community about hunger mechanics. We agree that hunger is currently a pointless mechanic, and we are starting to change that with this update. Our hopes are these changes will stop infinite running, and provide more of a use for food.

Gravestones

  • When a player dies to the void, the gravestone will now spawn at the feet of the killer.

Developer note: We've seen an increase of players deliberately running in to the void to stop their killer getting loot. We understand this can be frustrating in such a loot-heavy game. We hope this update will fix this.

Chests

  • Removed the ability to destroy a chest with a single punch
  • Added the ability to mine a chest (with an axe, for example)


Misc Changes

  • Decreased the amount of fire placed by the Fire Boombox. This should help with stutters that players on mobile devices are experiencing.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the health of your killer to be sent after the health on kill was applied
  • Fixed a bug where the killer health message would be sent even if you killed yourself (fall damage, fire, void)
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes TNT could be placed in the world
  • Fixed a bug where the winning screen did not play a sound
  • Fixed a bug that allowed you to damage players while the world was being prepared
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Gravestones to be on fire
  • Fixed a typo with the Blindness Boombox

SG Update Changelog

It is almost time to bring Survival Games out of beta! Today, we are releasing a preview of the new Survival Games update.

Preview modes are designed as a way for us to get the community's preliminary thoughts. As a result, things may change before the official release. Additionally, no new maps will be added during the preview, as we want to focus on gameplay feedback.


New Items

Activity Tracker

When held, shows a display pinpointing points of interest such as enemies, supply crates, and teammates.

Boomboxes

The boomboxes you know and love for our other games, modified to suit Survival Games, such as shorter fuse time on throw.

Standard Boombox

  • Deals explosive damage to nearby enemies

Fire Boombox

  • Ignites nearby enemies
  • Places small amount of surface fire nearby
  • The closer an enemy is to the explosion, the longer the burn time

Cobweb Boombox

  • Spawns a scattered cloud of cobwebs
  • Cobwebs self-remove shortly after explosion

Blindness Boombox

  • Blinds nearby enemies
  • The closer an enemy is to the explosion, the longer the effect

Frozen Boombox

  • Slows nearby enemies
  • The closer an enemy is to the explosion, the longer the effect
  • When thrown in water, will create temporary surface ice

Poison Boombox

  • Poisons nearby enemies
  • The closer an enemy is to the explosion, the longer the effect

Teleporters

Teleporters allow you to travel from point A to point B quickly.

  • Short player-specific cooldown to prevent teleporter hopping
  • All teleporters are 2-way

Launchpads

Launchpads provide easy ways to get to hard-to-reach areas.

Horizontal launchpad

  • Launches you to a specific target destination
  • Used as a quick way to travel across awkward terrain

Vertical launchpad

  • Launches you directly up
  • Each launchpad will launch to a different height, depending on the map and surroundings
  • Negates fall-damage if landed on

Campfire

When placed, will heal all nearby players for 1 health every second for 10 seconds.

  • Will ignite players if stood on while lit
  • Self extinguishes on expiration

Supply Flare

When thrown, will call a supply drop at that location.


Gameplay Changes

Loot set rebalancing

We've rebalanced the loot set to account for new items and player feedback.

Tier 2 Changes

  • Guarantees 1 weapon
  • Guaranteed 1 piece of armor

New Cornucopia Loot Set

  • Guaranteed 1 piece of armor
  • Weapons are present but not guaranteed

Food Rate Increase

  • No changes to food mechanics, however, we'd like to hear your idea if you feel it should have more of an impact on gameplay

Removed Grace Period Fall Damage

You will now no longer take fall damage during the grace period.

Chest Breaking

You can now break Tier 1 chests by punching them, dropping all items contained within.

UI/Message Improvements

  • You are now informed of how many hearts your killer had on death
  • Added team status bar (duos)


Visual Changes

Removed Custom Chests

We've removed custom chests in favor of their vanilla counterparts. This reduces the entity count which helps with client performance. Additionally, all maps have had decoration chests removed - any chest you see is now lootable.

Added Custom Fog Support

We've added support for the new Minecraft fog system. You'll see this in use in the future.

Updated Various 3D Assets

Our art team has made some visual improvements to various 3D assets.

Updated Supply Drop

  • New model and texture
  • Custom open animations
  • Custom sounds
  • New target icon on ground where the supply drop will land

Updated Cache Cow

  • New model and texture

Resource Pack

  • Moved many 3D assets and items to resource pack. This improves client performance and allows for a better user experience.

New Prop System

A new prop system is now available, allowing us to add more visual elements to maps. Our first prop is visible in the Flashpoint cornucopia.


Misc Changes

Gravestone Cosmetics

Gravestones are now part of the locker system. Although no new gravestones are present during the preview, we hope to add some soon.

Custom Server Options

We've added new custom server options for the new features in Survival Games.

  • New launchpad toggle
  • New teleporter toggle
  • New loot distribution option

New Quests

We've also added new quest criteria for the new features in Survival Games.

  • Use teleport quest criteria
  • Use launchpad quest criteria
  • Use flare quest criteria

We've also added new stats for these features.

End Podium Improvements

Kill counts are now shown on endgame podiums, so you can show just how good you are!


Feedback

We hope you enjoy this Survival Games preview. This update is still subject to change based on community feedback, so let us know your thoughts.

SkyWars: A Very Nemo Update

The following update is now live on SkyWars:

  • Knockback Nemo now correctly applies some vertical velocity, so that crouching no longer completely counters the item.

As always, this change is experimental pending community feedback.


SkyWars Experimental Block: Crumbling Cobblestone

Introducing a brand new SkyWars Special Block: Crumbling Cobblestone!

Crumbling Cobblestone is a building & bridging block that self-breaks after two seconds. It can be found in regular chests and Resource (Iron) Ores.

Crumbling Cobblestone is an experimental change - we may decide to change it based on community feedback.

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