Just about a week ago we posted the livestream of Notch at PAX. During that livestream people were asking questions and one was if new biomes were in the works. Notch seemed very interested in swamps and said “definitely” to them. He must have known already, as just a few moments ago Notch posted an image of the first glimpse of the swamp biome on his twitter feed:
The image looks all right, but I do admit it needs a bit of work to really be called a swamp. A new gnarly looking tree texture, and a great deal more brown is required. If not straight up dirt and brown grass, maybe a new version of Soul Sand as sticky mud? We’ll see how it takes shape.
Also, Notch has been going back and redoing old stuff to make it more dimensional and ‘alive’. For example, chests now physically open and pigs have snouts! The chest change is okay, but the pig one is kinda bizarre. I might get used to it in time, but currently I liked it better the old way as they sorta look like a chicken as those have a similar-sized beak.