Microsoft and Mojang released details about a new update coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft Gear VR Edition. The update is called the Boss Update, and it will add two new boss characters to the game, as well as new building materials and slash commands.
In terms of bosses, players will be able to fight the Elder Guardian boss as they explore new underwater Ocean Monuments. In addition, players will be able to summon Wither bosses and defeat them to collect Nether Stars. These Nether Stars can be used to craft beacons.
Elsewhere, this update will give players access to sea lanterns, prismarine blocks and sponges.
Finally, the Boss Update will add support for slash commands to the game. These slash commands allow users to change their games in various ways. The update will include 20 slash commands, which will allow users to switch back and forth between survival and creative modes, change the time of day or weather, instantly summon a mob and more. Mojang said additional slash commands will be added to the game in the future.
The Boss Update is expected to launch in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft Gear VR Edition this fall. Users who play Minecraft: Pocket Edition on Android can sign up to test the update in a public beta here.