Well color me all sorts of surprised. I thought it would be weeks before another update, and already Team Mojang has released Minecraft Beta 1.9 Pre-Release as well as mentioned there will be another patch before November, 1.10!
We’ll do a 1.9 pre-release today, and a full release after feedback. More Adventure Mode content will come in 1.10, we’re splitting it up! (source)
Shortly after, lead programmer o’ Minecraft Jeb posted the link!
According to Notch, they are doing another push to get the content out before November, but hearing about splitting the content into yet another patch is surprising. NPC Villages will have villagers in 1.9, but they won’t do much. (source) Also, possibly the goofiest of news, Notch revealed a new mob, the Snow Golem!
Currently it has been stated that the mobs will be friendly and craftable by the player! (I’m predicting the recipe to be three blocks of snow, two sticks, and some coal ^_^) Currently they will follow you around, spreading snow where ever they go, but will melt in warmer biomes. They also can throw snowballs, but since snowballs do not actually do any damage, it just annoys other hostile mobs and becomes a bit of a ranged meat shield. Perhaps we can heal them with snowballs like how we can heal wolves with food?
On the more daring Adventuring side of things, Jeb has been hard at work adding more stuffs to The Nether! Two new hostile mobs are on the way for that zone, with one being a re-texture attempt. Add in the new bridges or ruins or whatever they are that he added just the other day and the Nether is finally getting some life back into it!
Two other random tidbits I found were that Endermen are apparently no longer going to be able to move blocks. (source) If they still can in the future, it will be extremely limited. Also, the mushroom cow I posted a link to yesterday is going to be called a “Mooshroom.” Ha!
So that’s all we know for now, but sheesh! This is just the Pre-release and it’s like four hours old! Can’t wait to see what they add before it becomes an official Adventure patch XD