The PC version of Minecraft will receive the 1.5 update, titled Redstone Update, in January 2013 and as its name suggests, it focuses on the redstone ore. This past weekend, a few members of the Mojang studio revealed some of the features of the upcoming version of the sandbox indie title and interestingly, it’ll focus around one particular theme: redstone. The ore will get variable signal and strenght and a new capacitor block will be introduced. Mixing these two items creates weighed pressure plates and pressure-sensitive rails.
Additionally, the Redstone Update features improved minecarts, a special track to unload livestock, new systems for filling or emptying chests and the ability to link carts together. Among many other additions, there will be a daylight detector, fireworks for New Year’s Eve and a new Nether ore. Several bugs and glitches will be fixed as well, including the south/east rule. Apparently, this particular glitch caused some objects to gather in the southeast quadrant of an area.
The Redstone Update is the first in a series of updates that will focus on one particular theme or feature. Mojang will be releasing one of these every two months.