Just when you thought Minecraft couldn’t get any cuter, Mojang has gone ahead and added another mob to the game: sea turtles. The announcement came after the holidays, while most of us were settling back into the normal work routine. The first glimpse of the turtles is available over at the official Minecraft site.
The singular turtle is seen swimming through the ocean, and according to the blog will be “paddling into Minecraft very soon.” There isn’t a concrete date for when you can expect them just yet. They’ll be found making nests on the shorelines of different biomes, and young turtles will “scamper down to the water.” If that isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen in Minecraft in some time, you’re absolutely crazy.
The texture you see in the photo isn’t finalized, the blog says, and will probably change before the turtles arrive next year in the Update Aquatic, but it’s a good first look and a nice holiday treat from Mojang, nevertheless. The Update Aquatic has scores of new content coming with it, all ocean and undersea-themed, with coral and kelp blocks, the new Trident weapon, and mobs like “The Monster of the Night Skies.” Dolphins, fish, and the lovable sea turtles are on tap to appear too. There are even shipwrecks and icebergs that will appear out in the world with new Ocean biome variants.
It’s about to get a lot wetter out there in Minecraft, but with friendly sea turtles like this to look forward to, there’s nothing to be afraid of —except maybe the Monster of the Night Skies, that is.