is introducing an in-game character creator that lets players customize their avatar’s hairstyle, skin colour, and body shape.As announced in the Minecraft Beta’s 18.104.22.168 patch notes, there’ll be over 100 free customization items alongside extra accessories created by the development team available for purchase.
The creator appears to be fairly detailed, with the notes promising options to design “body size and shape, limb replacement and tweaking of eyes, mouth, hairstyles and colours, facial hair and skin tones.”
Previously, custom skins created outside the game and imported in were the only way to personalise your avatar. That approach is still allowed in a “Classic Skins Tab” where players can upload them in the same way they did before.Check out Minecraft’s enhanced lighting effects in the video above.
Character creation will eventually roll out to Minecraft Earth, iOS, and Nintendo Switch, but for now it’s only available in the Beta on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Android.
Last month we got our first look at ray tracing in Minecraft, which is a rendering technique capable of creating incredibly realistic lighting effects. For Minecraft, that means reflections, god rays, and shadows across its blocky world.
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