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Minecraft Aquatic Update Phase Two is Out, Now With Underwater Undead

Darling, it's better down where it's wetter.

News by Mike Williams, .

Back in the middle of May, Microsoft and Mojang rolled out the the first part of Update Aquatic, expanding the oceans of the Minecraft universe. Now, they're back with Update Aquatic Phase Two. This update is rolling out to most of the Minecraft platforms, including Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, and VR. It adds more ocean life, giving players more risk and reward under the sea.

There are now Sea Turtles, large friendly creatures that need your help protecting their eggs. On the risk side of things, there is The Drowned, a new type of zombie that swims up from the ocean depths at night. There's also Bubble Columns, which can push swimmers in different directions.

Update Aquatic Phase Two also offers a whole bunch of tweaks and changes to existing content. Husks in water will become The Drowned eventually and the undead can walk on the bottom of the ocean. Boat steering and player swimming on the surface is improved. You can now feed Dolphins to have them lead you to the nearest Ocean Ruins or Shipwreck. Mojang even updated the texture on the top of kelp! My god!

Hidden in this update is another change: Realms are now available on Minecraft for Nintendo Switch. This brings Switch owners into parity with other platforms, letting them pay for private server like everyone else.

Remember, this is the last update for older console platforms like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation Vita. Microsoft and Mojang are focused on their new unified Minecraft client and these older platforms are vestigial tails that must be cast off.

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