Terrain Generation Improvements

I am updating the terrain generator for 1.20.

The biggest change is a new cave generation algorithm. It is now able to generate branching caves, which was long overdue. The caves are also longer, deeper and generally more badass.

Another change is in trees – they are more densely packed in forested areas, and less densely outside of them.

Here’s a video showing the new stuff:

http://youtu.be/5qVr8bNwe1M

 

87 Comments

  1. Nicolas
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Time to sleep

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:07 | Permalink | Reply

      First again mwhahahahhahaha
      Thx gmail

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 13:32 | Permalink | Reply

      could you add like a tropical kind ofterain with parm trees

      • Nicolas
        Posted January 28, 2013 at 17:52 | Permalink | Reply

        Or a swanp, with some mobs

        • Ivalicealteon
          Posted January 29, 2013 at 09:27 | Permalink

          Palm trees yes!!!!!!!! And jungles!!!!!!!!!!! Lololololololololol less snow and desert tho jeezXDXD

  2. max samuels
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:14 | Permalink | Reply

    Impressive but what of the ravines concept. Kind if minecrafty, I know but they would be cool

  3. jriot10
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Can we expect to see ravines or some sort of manmade structure in caves? Very nice job on the cave generation by the way but its lacking pools of water and lava

  4. Celsius
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:28 | Permalink | Reply

    Hoping to see more unique surface features like canyons and rivers. Good work on the new world generator.

    Would be handy too if there’s a way to see cave systems like in the video without digging, at least on creative.

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:57 | Permalink | Reply

      Canyons, rivers and waterfalls

      • Ivalicealteon
        Posted January 29, 2013 at 09:28 | Permalink | Reply

        Yes waterfalls!

  5. bonesnsmitty
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 03:52 | Permalink | Reply

    Will this generator affect current worlds, or is this more like a seed?

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:07 | Permalink | Reply

      Yah I have the Kindle fire first Gen. it wouldn’t let me down load the update for 1.19 so I had to untinstall and reinstall to get the update. it deleted my worlds when I uninstalled it. I have made alot of progress in the world I currently have and I don’t want to loose it.

    • Posted January 24, 2013 at 14:42 | Permalink | Reply

      The old worlds are fully compatible with the new version, as they had always been since 1.0. The new generator will only work in areas that you haven’t “touched” yet (i.e. mined or built upon).

  6. Dylan
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 05:17 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus,if u ever add male and female npcs,u could add gold ore,which when mined drops gold ingots,which can be crafted into gold coins.

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:01 | Permalink | Reply

      Instead of the blocks droping gold ingots how about they drop gold nugets or the gold blocks so that you have to put it in the furnace just like the iron and copper. The npcs is too much liike minecraft. if you changed the name to indians of natives it would be fine.

      I like the idea. It would be fun. But along with that can they spawn more of eachother an build their own homws. Also can they have items like their own rurnaces and crafting tables. mabey live stock or pumkin fields.

      • Robofighter1000
        Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:03 | Permalink | Reply

        With the gold shuld come solid gold blocks like the diamond, iron, and copper blocks.

        • Nicolas
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 01:04 | Permalink

          If have rivers we could find gold nuggets with a new tools… Npcs, indians are the same thing, non playble char
          I think i write something wrong…

        • Nicolas
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 01:06 | Permalink

          Npc = Not playable character, so… Indians or natives are npc

        • Ivalicealteon
          Posted January 29, 2013 at 09:30 | Permalink

          Natives would be good, could make self villages and spawn ppl from eggs lol, bud be awesome

    • Kevin
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 13:10 | Permalink | Reply

      Again, I suggested this 4 months ago before it came out for googleplay and android

      • Robofighter1000
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:14 | Permalink | Reply

        There is another block game I do not recomend it. It is called Block story they have a pan that you take 10 sand and 1 water block in the crafting table to get 1 gold piece.

        • Robofighter1000
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:18 | Permalink

          with the bringing of gold can there be the adding of golden tools.

        • TrekkerTim
          Posted January 26, 2013 at 03:14 | Permalink

          But please make the gold look shiny and not like butter!

  7. gunpowder
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 06:17 | Permalink | Reply

    I notice a bug, when I make a cobblestone generator, it gives me only basalt an when I put water directly to lava, so at the lava disappears and then changes to cobblestone, an I think it shouldn’t be like that, I think it should give first cobblestone and if the water replaces the lava, it should then change to basalt. It is bad thing to all survival maps where should make a cobblestone generator. Sample: skyblock adventures.

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:02 | Permalink | Reply

      It depends on how you put the water and lava together the lava on top or the water on top it depends. I made the same thing you have to mess around with it to get it right.

  8. Sam. T
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 06:56 | Permalink | Reply

    Forget about those minecraft-like things, skyblock and things, this game may look like minecraft but it’s not minecraft.
    We have to be ideal and try to invent unique things that help this game to be special.

    • Sam. T
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 06:57 | Permalink | Reply

      Although I’d like to see gold too

  9. Silvers
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 08:25 | Permalink | Reply

    The strength of this game is that it’s realistic compared to Minecraft,no nether, no magic, no science fiction! KAALUS keep this in mind and you will keep your popularity !!!!! I Love you guy !

    • Posted January 25, 2013 at 04:11 | Permalink | Reply

      But things like nether gave us adventures….

      • Nicolas
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 04:14 | Permalink | Reply

        Yes…
        I would like an alternative portal, like nether, i see a post at forum and he talk about an alien invasion!!

        • Robofighter1000
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:10 | Permalink

          How about a time machine to go back in time to like the dinosaurs or something instead of the nether.
          Some one else menchoned it and I thought it was a good idea.

        • Nicolas
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:28 | Permalink

          I like it too

        • TrekkerTim
          Posted January 26, 2013 at 03:21 | Permalink

          Portal means switch to loading new map. Maybe large giant underground cavern in same map with some raptor dinosaurs spawned.

        • Cooperdan
          Posted January 26, 2013 at 16:43 | Permalink

          Maybe kaalus could design a few random and rare event/ item Easter eggs that could make the game more interesting and more realistic

  10. Dave
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Please Kaalus. More building and decorative materials. Great work.

  11. Robofighter1000
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can you give the public a possible release date for the 1.20 update?

  12. Robofighter1000
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 13:14 | Permalink | Reply

    With the trees being closer together will there be a forest fire if one gets struck?
    I was wondering that if you could burn down a forest.

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 01:08 | Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha nice…

      • max samuels
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:14 | Permalink | Reply

        I’ve done this, it’s great

        • Robofighter1000
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:08 | Permalink

          I like to put a bunch of trees together and make a tree house thats why I was asking.

        • TrekkerTim
          Posted January 26, 2013 at 03:11 | Permalink

          Put leaves on the crafting table and they will turn in to saplings. Plant them in dirt or grass and the next morning you will have full grown trees.

  13. Alexander
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 16:12 | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t speak English very well, sorry for my mistakes. Dear Kaalus, I hope that you will continue to delight us with great updates. if not difficult, add something like pistons from minecraft. Thank you.

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:07 | Permalink | Reply

      What part of Rusha are you guys from?
      Moscow?
      Staligrad?

      • Robofighter1000
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:21 | Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I spelled the name of your country wrong its Russia not Rusha.
        I was rushing to get out. of class

        • Alexander
          Posted January 25, 2013 at 15:51 | Permalink

          From Krasnodar. It is the south-west Russia

  14. Duxk
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 16:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus. I don’t know if you know about this. But there used to be floating islands that generated in minecraft when it was very young. Unfortunately Notch took them out. I was wondering if you could make a seed that if entered generated a world of floating islands.

    • TrekkerTim
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 00:53 | Permalink | Reply

      Sometimes the world generator already generates a floating island or two. You just have to explore till u find one.

      • Robofighter1000
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:06 | Permalink | Reply

        He is right you just have to get lucky. if not than build your own floating island.

        • Ivalicealteon
          Posted January 29, 2013 at 09:33 | Permalink

          Should add more floating islands though maybe public seed called float lol, should add villagers tooXDXDXDfloating villages!!!!!!!!!

  15. craftw4
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 17:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Please make villages and there can be chest or two, now its guit boring to walk in world becaus there cant be come anything interesting… really they are not hard to make i think if you dont put villagers, just make 20 village and they can be around the map, and make other mobs too, and pistons, and multiplayer. And can you tell what you have been thinking about these items? And rails and boats…

    • bob_the_builder
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 00:02 | Permalink | Reply

      i agree :-)

  16. Posted January 24, 2013 at 18:40 | Permalink | Reply

    wow, it’s cool!

  17. Posted January 24, 2013 at 18:46 | Permalink | Reply

    when i can update it?

    • Posted January 24, 2013 at 23:19 | Permalink | Reply

      The update will come soon i think , just wait ^^

  18. max samuels
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 21:37 | Permalink | Reply

    What if iron blocks rusted in the rain, kind of like how grass grows in the sun.

  19. Syntax
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 22:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, have you ever thought about porting your game to Nintendo’s eshop? Is already known to have a number of ios & android titles release for the 3ds with the developer of Gunman Clive praising that its game is selling better than ios. This will be a great move since eshop greatly support Indies and due to lack of minecraft on the systems, there’s a large audience waiting for a game like this to come. What your say?

    • Kevin
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 13:14 | Permalink | Reply

      GOOD IDEA, Kaalus you should look into this

      • Robofighter1000
        Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:04 | Permalink | Reply

        Kaalus its a win win the more people that by it the more money you get and the game will become more popular

  20. hielos
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 22:34 | Permalink | Reply

    help me I cant find the additional item to create gunpowder it a saltpeter

    • max samuels
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

      It’s in sandstone, check desert caves, and you will likely find some

    • TrekkerTim
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

      Dig in the sand way down till you hit sandstone and then keeep diggging till you com across the saltpeter ore with looks like sandstone with a white layer in it. I dug about 20 blocks down on the beach for this.

  21. Posted January 24, 2013 at 23:19 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey , great add , now it’s time to show to mojang the perfomance issues for caves … :D!
    Thanks Kaalus

  22. bob_the_builder
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 00:00 | Permalink | Reply

    can you please add villagers/npcs.

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:24 | Permalink | Reply

      if you do add the villager can you make them be able to build and spread their villages with out having to have help from the player?
      also can you add gold o trade with them?
      Mabey armor?

  23. Nicolas
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 01:14 | Permalink | Reply

    You could add mobs like rats, deers, bats in the cave and at forest, bugs, snakes!

  24. izzat1402
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 08:56 | Permalink | Reply

    I love dinosaur!! Kaalus Can you put some dinosaur like brachiosaurus in SurvivalCraft please?

    • Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:26 | Permalink | Reply

      I like and support this suggestion because I want time machine to see dinosaurs,and of course in creative there are dino spawners.I want to build a jurassic park so badly.Dinosaurs are my favorite,pls add them,and besides,they arent supernatural. 0:-)

  25. Nicolas
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:33 | Permalink | Reply

    I would like something that keep on turning and you can put blocks at it and make a windmill, or a big wheel at water… Doing something i dont know xD, i don’t the name too

  26. Robofighter1000
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus this post is kind of a sum of the most popular requests that all of the other people have been wanting.
    Natives/Villagers
    Gold- golod tools gold blocks gold wires gold switches
    Armor
    animal breeding
    railed transportation- Trains
    watertransportation- water transportation
    pistons
    multiplayer

    if any one wants to comment on the list and add items please do.
    Kaalus can you please look at the list and say if you have been thinking about these items or oare testing them.

  27. Posted January 25, 2013 at 14:46 | Permalink | Reply

    Just showing my support for the idea for natives. Also think it would be cool , if natives are created, if you had the option to make them leathal or non-leathal. Also, if your in creative mode, you could click on the native and (if they’re made non-leathal) make them say something to you if you come within a certain distance from them.Like if you were building an adventure map you could have natives that aid you on your quests and natives that act more like traveling bandits.

  28. Posted January 25, 2013 at 19:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Dear Kaalus. I find some bug. Matches don’t exist in a book of recipes. By the way, you can add bait for the animals.

    • Posted January 25, 2013 at 22:04 | Permalink | Reply

      Indeed, thanks for spotting that. I will be fixing it for 1.20.

      • gunpowder
        Posted January 26, 2013 at 06:27 | Permalink | Reply

        And matches are only stackable for 13

        • Posted January 26, 2013 at 13:20 | Permalink

          This is the same bug.

    • Posted January 26, 2013 at 13:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Fixed. It was caused by a small mixup with tools damage value.

  29. Posted January 25, 2013 at 22:26 | Permalink | Reply

    I think that tools should be improved. Compared to mc they are much slower and ware out much faster
    Otherwise this is amazing, much better than mcpe!

  30. kismona
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 00:13 | Permalink | Reply

    You should add a large biome option like in mc because i really enjoy the snow areas but theres never enough of area is snow to make something huge.

    • Syntax
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 04:18 | Permalink | Reply

      In one of my world, I found a “Desert” that was just 9 blocks of area! What strange anomalies did you guys come across in your world?

  31. Minecraft 101
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 04:52 | Permalink | Reply

    All I think u should add is cakes, mods,Tameable animals, armor, swords.

  32. Minecraft 101
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 04:53 | Permalink | Reply

    X3

  33. minecraft master
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 06:15 | Permalink | Reply

    I wish there is piston,portal,monster,gun,electric torch and it can powered block like minecraft(in minecaft, it is called redstone torch),train,wand,potion,glue and have multiplayers

    • Posted February 15, 2013 at 15:43 | Permalink | Reply

      I kno i post this on mid february,but anyway,SHUT UP!!!
      YOUR IDEAS ARE MINECRAFT!!!

  34. Darryl
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 03:06 | Permalink | Reply

    So im playing the game in creative mode and an idea hits me. A type of xray vision that allows you to see tunnels in creative mode or something to make it easier to connect tunnels and make tunnels to specific locations. Might be an idea down the road to consider.

    • Posted January 30, 2013 at 04:27 | Permalink | Reply

      I suggested the same thing on his forum. He should do this!

  35. Posted August 13, 2013 at 11:31 | Permalink | Reply

    In fact when someone doesn’t know afterward its up to other people that they will help, so here it occurs.

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