Minecraft's Nether Update Gets New Tracks By the Composer of Celeste

Minecraft's Nether Update Gets New Tracks By the Composer of Celeste

Lena Raine is crafting the sound of the Nether.

The next major update to Minecraft, the Nether Update, is still on its way. But as part of today's snapshot reveal, Mojang announced it's brought on some new talent to add a few tracks to Minecraft's soundtrack: Celeste composer Lena Raine.

Raine is contributing three tracks: Rubedo, which plays in the Nether Wastes; Chrysopoeia, which plays in the Crimson Forests; and So Below, which plays in the Soulsand Valleys and Basalt Deltas. All are new biomes to explore in the Nether Update for Minecraft, now backed by some new tunes. If they're anything like Raine's work on Celeste, they'll fit right in with the eerie, colossal void of the Nether.

"I wanted each piece to feel like a progression of emotions, or a journey from place to place within this other world," said Raine in today's snapshot update. "There's a degree of beauty to the Nether, but it is also terrifying in both its details and scale."

Minecraft players can check out some of the update today by installing the snapshot, though be warned, it is a work-in-progress. Mojang recommends in their installation instructions that you backup your worlds or run the snapshot from a different folder, to avoid corrupting all that hard work in the main game.

The Nether Update is still being worked on, but today's snapshot can at least give Minecraft: Java Edition players a taste of what's to come, include new biomes and blocks.

While Minecraft plans to expand, both into new areas for the base game and new genres with the dungeon-crawling spin-off Minecraft Dungeons, Minecraft itself has become a sort of meeting grounds for people. Music festivals are being hosted in servers to raise funds for COVID-19 aid, and educational content within Minecraft has been made available for kids and parents stuck schooling at home. Over a decade later, and Minecraft still feels like an ageless game.

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