The Anvil update of Minecraft has been out for a while now, but it’s still rare to see any buildings online which make use of the incredible new world height of 256 blocks. While we are sure that dedicated people and communities have some great works in progress, we can’t stand the wait, and want to pass on five awesome building ideas for those who are beginning to find their feet with the new map format.
It’s worth nothing that a couple of these are incredibly fantastical but, given the construction efforts of some groups worldwide, it wouldn’t be too surprising if these fantasies came to be. Without further ado, I present to you five epically insane building ideas for Minecraft’s Anvil format.
1. New York City
This is without a doubt the king of all Minecraft fantasies, and it is almost completely doable thanks to the Anvil update. Using a scale of one block to one cubic metres, players would be able to build the entire of New York City proper, save ten buildings.
When you consider the landmarks that New York has to offer, along with various building designs and techniques already demonstrated by various Minecraft communities, you’ll see that the city that never sleeps and the building phenomenon aren’t all that incompatible. The Statue of Liberty with a city backdrop, and Central Park by sunset would have an incredibly rustic feel if constructed in the world of Minecraft.
2. Boletarian Palace
When someone mentions Demon’s Souls, I immediately think back to the first time I caught a glimpse of the awesome Boletarian Palace. The game may have flown slightly under the radar, but received a very strong reception from critics, with one of the major reasons being visuals. The Boletarian Palace serves as justification for this fact.
The palace seems to take some inspiration from Germany’s Lowenburg Castle, but has a certain fantastical element which makes the setting all the more whimsical. Given the large array of RPG-like texture packs available for Minecraft, there’s no doubt this feeling could be replicated should someone wish to tackle this project, which will immensely benefit from the extra height allowed by the Anvil map format.
3. High Hrothgar
Another castle, but this time, it’s the setting which should be more important. Home to the Graybeards, High Hrothgar sits atop a mountain at the end of a 7000-step climb. Stepping to the edge of its foundation will result in one of the most majestic views in recent video games history.
This project would require building the entire mountain and trail leading up to High Hrothgar, and this would be possibly entirely thanks to the Anvil update.
What makes this project even more fitting is the release of the mod which visually de-made Skyrim in an effort to make the game look more like Minecraft.
4. Grand Canyon
Building something to look natural is one of the hardest tasks in Minecraft. However, it is necessary once again to recognise that nothing is impossible for the Minecraft community.
We have actually seen attempts at rebuilding sections of the Grand Canyon before, and while they were impressive, they didn’t quite seem natural due to the measly height limit of just 128 blocks. With the extended height limit, it will be possible to produce a virtual Grand Canyon which stands at a scale of 1:4 - not bad at all given the sheer size of this natural wonder of the world.
The use of height-mapping tools here would be incredibly beneficial and would allow you to focus more on colour than on shapes and proportions - and would still leave an incredible amount of work to be done.
5. Spring Temple Buddha
The Spring Temple Buddha and its surrounding environment would be perfect for the new height limit in Minecraft, given the statue’s mountainous location and its stunning height of 153 metres!
You don’t have to be a genius to realise just how amazing this statue could look in Minecraft -- especially if combined with mountains generated by the game.
Note: If you decide to tackle on any of these projects, or any other major building project, let us know, and we will be more than happy to share your efforts with our readers!
By Harry Hughes.
What would you like to see built using the new 256 block limit in Minecraft?