( Update: Hey, Minecraft Hell fans! The Halloween update has launched, and I now have a video of my first adventures there! )
Notch has just released this picture of the new Hell Dimension which will be part of Minecraft’s Halloween update. We already knew that Hell is a parallel dimension to the main Minecraft world that you will be somehow able to “step sideways” into, and back. It has the property that a single square there is equivalent to a much greater distance, allowing it to be used as a dangerous form of fast travel around the world.
It’s impossible to tell from that picture whether we’re in a canyon on the surface or underground. It is possible that Hell might not even have a sky as we know it. We can see no water, nor vegetation. Bare rock, and lava are the order of the day (or endless night). The ground burns, and the very walls cry out for mercy. Churchill’s advice is apt. It does not look like somewhere you would want to spend a great amount of time. Only the brave, or foolish, would choose to use it’s space-warping properties to travel quickly around the main Minecraft world, and even they would not tarry.
“It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain” – Doris Fleeson
Would one bucket be enough? I think I’ll fill my inventory with buckets of water before I visit that tumultuous place.
I have some other musings on the Halloween Update here, in episode 10 of my Minecraft Video series.