For most of Minecraft’s gameplay life, players have been able to make their own custom skin on PC, or download others to make your character stand out when playing through thirds party skin creators. Now, Minecraft is introducing an in-game creator to take that 3rd party customisation another step further, and no doubt make changing your in-game appearance even more convenient.
Minecraft’s latest update has added a character creator to the game. After years of only using skins over the same model, players can finally change body types, add hairstyles, and even wear accessories.
But first things first. For those of you who have not tried playing a Minecraft beta before, it’s typically where Mahjong allow players to test upcoming features of the game.To try these features, you have to play a version of Minecraft that supports betas (so that’s the Windows 10, Xbox One and Android versions). Learn how to sign up for a Minecraft beta on each version here. You can also find more help regarding this specific beta launch (and a list of all the added features!).
If you’re tempted to sign up for Beta, just remember that beta features can be unstable. The reason Beta is available so early for players is to try new features early in order to give feedback and catch bugs for to fix sooner rather than later – so make sure to backup your worlds.
The notes for patch 188.8.131.52 announce that the character creator is now available for beta testers. This update actually lets players change their character beyond their model. Hat bills will stick out. The backpack you’re wearing will actually be a backpack and not just a texture on your flat back. Your character can have a mermaid tail. You can finally change the height of your character. Unfortunately, it seems that a bulk of the accessories need to be purchased, but the option’s existence is still cool.
Using the Character Creator, you can personalise your avatar in a number of ways, including body size and shape, limb replacement and tweaking of eyes, mouth, hairstyles and colours, facial hair and skin tones. Does that mean you can create a character that looks just like you? Well, to the extent that your lovely looks translate to blocks and pixels, absolutely! What about a blue, grinning character with piercing red eyes and a bright green goatee? That sounds terrifying, but go ahead! You can even play around with animated textures in the Dressing Room, which is where you’ll get ready to hit the catwalk! Or, you know, to mine for dirt.
More than 100 features (including all hair, eyes, mouths, skin textures, facial hair, and body sizes) will be available for free. There will also be a range of custom accessories, created by the Minecraft team, available for purchase. Additionally, you will be able to take part in different Minecraft-related activities to earn free, unique accessories for your character.
For players who want to use traditional skins still, you can do that. Just go your profile and edit your character from there. Players have been designing their own skins since the dawn of Minecraft, and though the character creator adds a lot of new options, there’s still some charm in pixeling your own skin yourself … or maybe you just want to be an anime character that you can’t replicate as well with the character creator.