New Minecraft Map Format – Anvil

Mojang have developed a new map format for Minecraft, dubbed “Anvil”.

This new format increases maximum build height to 256 from 128, and added scope for many more block types by increasing block IDs to 4096, from 256, as well as a number of other changes to prepare for modding and improved compression.

The next snapshot, and Minecraft 1.2 will automatically convert worlds to the new format.  You do not need to convert them yourself.

More information is available here.

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