Two bits of big Minecraft news for you today, one being a change in the account system and another to deal with social interactions on servers.
Firstly, Minecraft 1.16.4 pre-release 1 went out recently with a change to make playing Minecraft online a more pleasant experience. They’re introducing the “social interactions screen”, which will let you disable chatting with certain players, and have their messages hidden – helping to deal with players you don’t get along with.
Here’s an example of how it looks currently:
Mojang said that hidden players will reset each time you rejoin a server. So it seems it’s not a proper block list, but a way to temporarily hide people from social interactions on each session.
The other big change is that in 2021, Minecraft Java Edition will be moving to the Microsoft account system as announced in a blog post. Any new players who create an account starting “this Fall” will instead be sent to a Microsoft account rather than Mojang, whereas every existing account will get a notification about moving over at some point which they’re doing in batches and not all at once. After that, they’re also giving out a special cape to players who transfer as a reward for being an original MC player.
What’s the point of this? Well, it keeps all Microsoft owned games under one account and Microsoft security will be better with their account system compared with Mojang’s original system. It’s hard to argue against that.