For years, Minecraft fans have been able to build almost anything they could imagine using the game's simple, low-resolution user interface and 3D simulation environment. They killed monsters and crafted items, created replicas of the Starship Enterprise, and even built a working Verizon smartphone.
Starting this summer, they can now under water with the release of Update Aquatic, an extension to Minecraft capabilities that opens up undersea areas for exploration and populates oceans with block-like floating creatures.
Unlike their Minecraft counterparts, the real world oceans are suffering from pollution and climate change that is destroying marine life, especially coral reefs that provide the infrastructure for some of the world's most biodiverse sites. Enter Coral Crafters, an idea from 21
Minecraft video creator LogDotZip designed three different pieces, one of which was selected by the community to be built. Video artist StacyPlays and her fans took a different approach and students in Mexico came in third with the support of Rabahrex.
215 McCann also worked with The Nature Conservancy and raised donations from Microsoft and Minecraft when players build coral or custom buy content in the game. The global campaign started earlier this week. The Aquatic update will be available on Xbox One, Windows 10, Nintendo Switch and mobile.