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Additional Sonic LIVE Events

We know that some of you couldn't attend yesterday's Sonic LIVE Event, so we'll be running some extra ones to give you all another chance to take part! 

We will be repeating the event, across all regions on Sunday, July 25th at 12PM PDT / 1PM MDT / 2PM CDT / 3PM EDT / 7PM UTC / 8PM BST / 9PM CEST / (Monday, July 26th) 12:30AM IST / 2AM WIB / 4AM JST / 5AM AEST / 7AM NZST

In addition to this, we will be running two region-specific events on our North America and Asia regions:

North America Region: 

Monday, July 26th at 7PM PDT / 8PM MDT / 9PM CDT / 10PM EDT / 2AM UTC / 3AM BST / 4AM CEST

Asia Region:

Monday, July 26th at 8AM UTC / 11AM EEST / 11AM EAT / 1:30PM IST / 3PM WIB / 4PM CST (China) / 5PM JST / 6PM AEST / 8PM NZST

Join the Sonic LIVE Event!

You don't want to miss this. Join for an amazing live event with FREE rewards, including a much-requested cosmetic!

Join The Hive on Saturday, July 24th at 12 PM PDT / 1PM MDT / 2PM CDT / 3PM EDT / 7PM UTC / 8PM BST / 9PM CEST / (Sunday July 25th) 12:30AM IST / 2AM WIB / 4AM JST / 5AM AEST / 7AM NZST

We recommend you join in advance of the start, and stick around in the hub. Doors will CLOSE at event start; you won't be able to (re)join until the event has ended.

Look at The Hive's server message, or join the hub, for an up-to-date countdown to the start.

Hope to see you there!

Get your free Sonic the Hedgehog skin pack!

Available now on The Hive server, claim your free Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Skin Pack! This pack comes with two free skins, usable anywhere within Minecraft.

You can find the displays in The Hive hub, left and right of the game NPC's.

If you can't equip the skins from the Marketplace page, head to Profile -> Edit Character -> Classic Skins -> Owned -> Sonic the Hedgehog Skin Pack

Infinite server loading bug: workaround

Recently, players outside of the United States (or those with a custom language set) have been experiencing intermittent issues with the Featured Server list not loading.

To work around this issue, switch your client language to English - US. You will need to restart your client, and in extreme cases reinstall the game, to clear your cache.

Minecraft is aware of this issue and working on a solution.

Version Support Update

Minecraft 1.17 (Caves and Cliffs: Part 1) releases June 8th. You'll be able to play The Hive on 1.17 on release day.

We are NOT removing support for any 1.16 version at this time. Upcoming minigames will require more recent versions of Minecraft; however, we will not require this for existing games.

Block Drop Balance Update

A Block Drop update is now rolling out to all regions, focusing on speeding up the game, reducing camping, and balancing XP.

Gameplay

  • Added a new anti-camping system. Standing on the same block will cause the block to break faster.
  • Increased the rate that the top layer is removed.
  • All but the final layer will now be removed automatically.

Developer note: We understand these changes change the current meta. However, the main feedback we have been receiving is how slow-paced the games can be. Block Drop is meant to be a fast-paced parkour game, so we're hoping this change will make the game more fun.

  • Added new XP reward for every 150 blocks broken/stepped on.
  • Increased XP given when another player dies (survival bonus) from 3 to 5.
  • Increased XP from collecting a powerup from 2 to 10.

Developer note: Gaining XP has been much slower than anticipated. We hope this will balance the game and make it easier to progress through levels.

  • Added a message telling the victim who hit them with a knockback nemo, so they can plan revenge.

Custom Servers

  • Added toggle to enable/disable anti-camping functionality.

As always, we're watching your feedback and may balance the game further.

New LTM Game & Egg Hunt

Introducing Block Drop, our newest Limited Time Mode!

Block Drop

Check out our brand new limited-time game, Block Drop! Battle with up to eleven other players to be the last player standing as the map begins to crumble below your feet! Be sure to look out for powerups to give yourself an edge over the competition.

This game was the result of a developer hackathon! Every few months, we let our development teams work on fun projects to expand their skills. These projects help shape the way for future games and features. We had so much fun with this game we felt we needed to share it with you all!

Block Drop won't be sticking around forever, so be sure to level up and grab these exclusive cosmetics while you can:

Death Messages

  • Fell to their demise (Level 5)
  • Parachute (Level 10)
  • Goodbye Cruel World (Level 15)
  • Yeeted Off (Level 20)

Powerup Skins

  • Potion (Level 2)
  • Flower (Level 9)
  • Chest (Level 16)
  • Lightning (Level 22)

Trails

  • Blue Sparkles (Level 3)
  • Gold Sparkles (Level 7)
  • Lime Sparkles (Level 12)
  • Magenta Sparkles (Level 17)
  • Red Sparkles (Level 23)

Vault Effects

  • Gray Swirls (Level 4)
  • Blue Swirls (Level 6)
  • Green Swirls (Level 8)
  • Red Swirls (Level 13)
  • Yellow Swirls (Level 18)
  • Rainbow Swirls (Level 19)
  • Flames (Level 21)
  • Hearts (Level 24)

Hub Titles

  • YA YEET (Level 6)
  • AHHH (Level 11)
  • AHHHHHH (Level 17)
  • AHHHHHHHHH (Level 24)

Avatars

  • Slippery (Level 4)
  • Burger Run (Level 14)
  • KNOCKBACK POG (Level 20)

Costume

  • Runner (Level 25)

Egg Hunt

We've hidden eggs around the hub you to find! There are 24 to find, making this our biggest hub hunt yet.

Find all the eggs and you'll be rewarded with an exclusive costume!

Australia Testing Region: Update

We have finished the infrastructure testing as mentioned in our initial announcement. As such, we will be retiring the Australia testing region this coming Monday, March 29th, near the end of the (Oceanic) day.

We appreciate the interest in the Australia region. However, we currently have no plans to permanently establish an Australia region. If this changes, we will post a future update.

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