The first step of a player in Minecraft when starting is to create a new world in the menu. On the surface, this is a fairly simple feature, but when players dive a little deeper into the options that Mojang has added to the launcher over the years, things get a lot more complicated. Turns out, players have a ton of flexibility when it comes to creating their world and setting its rules.
Luckily, for those who don’t mind the frills, the default options are always selected automatically when players first enter the screen, so no extra fiddling is needed. However, players who want to create a special world with a specific map or set starting rules may want to familiarize themselves with the new world creation screen options in Minecraft.
Create new world options in Minecraft
When entering the screen for creating a new world from from Minecraft main menu, the screen is divided into two pages. The first page contains the most basic settings, and most players will be fine after changing them. However, the second page has a few more interesting features to check out.
This is the first screen players will see, allowing them to change the save file or world name, difficulty, game mode, and more. Here’s a breakdown of all the settings and what players can achieve with them.
This name will appear on the save world file, as well as in the menu when players load their worlds. It will appear in a list with all existing worlds. This can be left as New World is players don’t have a name in mind as it can be changed and changed later. Its main purpose is appearance and identification.
Minecraft is available in several game modes, some of which can be accessed from creating a new world on the launcher. On this screen, players have the option to choose between Survival Mode, Creative Mode, and Hardcore Mode. Other game modes like spectator mode and adventure mode can only be accessed via commands once players are inside the world and have access to hints.
Creative mode allows players to steal and use any object and block as much as they want. Survival is the bread and butter of Minecraft, which requires players to fight enemies, gather resources, and manage their hunger and health. Hardcore is an optimized and more difficult version of survival, where death is final.
This setting determines the difficulty of the game and really only affects survival mode. Hardcore mode prevents players from choosing a difficulty, since the difficulty is already set, and in creative mode, the difficulty doesn’t matter.
Players can choose between Peaceful, Easy, Normal, and Hard. Peaceful does not spawn hostile mobs, while Easy, Normal, and Hard are “regular” versions of Minecraftwith different mob health pools and damage taken.
Once inside the world, players can type in chat and even use commands known as cheats. However, in order to do so, players must first make sure to enable cheats in the Create World menu. Options are ON or OFF.
It is also possible to enable cheats in a single player world after creating the world. Players can open the world to LAN, allowing them to choose whether cheats are turned on or off again in a small settings screen before opening the world.
Data packs are a type of modified in-game content that can change how the game works. The community has done a ton of them there, so players should go explore their options. Usually these are big quality of life changes, but some add more exciting features to the game. To add a data pack, click the button and move the desired data packs from left to right to activate them.
This tool gives players access to a long list of rules that they can modify for the world in question. Some rules deal with mobs and spawning, while others are more player-specific. Go through the list and check what looks interesting, as it makes it easy for players to tailor the world to their liking.
At the bottom right of the first screen, next to the game rules, is the More World Options button. Click on it to access the advanced options which additionally allow players to change their world settings.
This row is where players can enter seeds. Seeds are usually a set of numbers, or they can be a word or letters, which will be transformed into numbers, which will determine exactly which world and which map the game loads. Seeds are great for sharing a world players may have found with others.
Or, if they’re looking for a specific type of world, they can search for cool seeds online with cool features and play on that specific map. Chunkbase has a seed map that generates maps of different seeds, which can then be loaded into the game when players copy the seed number.
Structures are various buildings that generate randomly in a Minecraft world. Dungeons, looter outposts, igloos, villages, ocean monuments, etc. are all considered structures by the game. If for some reason players do not wish to play with these structures, they can disable them by pressing this button.
The type of world is an interesting modifier, which will slightly change the way a Minecraft world will generate. The default option just generates a normal world as usual, with normal biome generation. Superflat will make the world three layers deep, with an endless flat wasteland made of a specific block. The Customize button below allows players to choose the composition of each layer.
Large biomes will mimic the world generation by default, but biome sizes have been significantly adjusted, producing massive biomes on the map. Players shouldn’t expect too much variety from this type of world. Finally, Amplified takes all the World-Gen features to their extremes, with massive mountains and peaks. As the game indicates, this could be a burden on weaker PCs, so be careful when choosing this option.
Players who don’t want to start with empty inventories can opt for a bonus chest at the start. This chest will spawn near the player when they spawn in the world and will have various necessities to help them get started. Usually there is food, wooden planks or logs, wooden or stone tools, etc. to help players get a head start. The chest is also surrounded by four torches.
If players have a previous world with settings that they like to use but don’t want to bother entering them manually, they can import the settings into a new world through this tool.
Minecraft is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS and many other platforms.
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