A large part of Minecraft’s appeal lies in the player’s ability to build things in a vast world. It’s one of the biggest reasons why the game has remained so popular 13 years after its initial release.
The latest addition to Minecraft Bedrock Edition, custom block geometry, is meant to boost this creativity.
Mojang announced the release of custom block geometry in Bedrock Edition via their official blog:
“You heard it loud and clear – we’ve released custom block geometry in 1.19.40 Bedrock Edition of Minecraft! This means anyone can create their own block with their own geometry and textures, WITHOUT the experimental Holiday Creator Features.” toggle in settings and custom geometry and textures for blocks are now fair game in the Marketplace!”
Minecraft Bedrock players can use custom block geometry to shape the game into whatever they want
According to Mojang, the custom block geometry is exclusive to the Bedrock Edition. The studio also mentioned that the feature will essentially give players the ability to create any block they can imagine. Here’s how it will work according to the official blog post:
“This capability comes in the form of ‘geometry’ and ‘material_instances’ block components, which you must use to specify the geometry and textures to use to render your custom block.”
The geometry component is what tells the package what model to use when rendering the block. All players have to do is create a model, put it in a resource pack and link it to the correct behavior pack.
The material instance component is what controls the texture. It tells the block which texture to render, so it can basically look like anything the players want.
There are so many options. Players can apply opaque, double-sided, alpha_test or blend to their block using its render method.
Minecraft players can also set the ambient_occlusion or face_dimming fields to whatever they want to make the block even more unique. They can use trial and error to find the right combination for their block.
However, there are a few limitations to keep in mind. Custom block geometry cannot exceed 1.875 x 1.875 x 1.875 or 30 x 30 x 30 pixels. According to Mojang, “the absolute bounds within which the geometry of a custom block must stay is 1.875 (or 30 pixels) from the origin on each axis.” Additionally, one pixel on each axis must be contained within a 1 x 1 x 1 basic block.
These limitations are much larger than the limitations for a single block, so creativity has also expanded.