Minecraft has had zombie pigmen for ages, but it hasn’t really been clear what form a non-zombified pigman might take. Now, we’re about to have an answer in the form of piglins – a new mob type introduced at today’s Minecon stream. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that these guys are going to be much friendlier than their undead counterparts.
Piglins will populate the Nether as a new hostile mob. They’re gold lovers, and will participate in bartering – a variant of the existing trading system. You can avoid their attention by putting on some golden armour, but Mojang explains that they’re still liable to attack you if you open a treasure chest near them. (Just treat it as a stealth minigame.)
Mojang’s also lifted the veil on some new honey mechanics in the wake of the bee update that everyone’s been buzzing about. You can now get honey blocks, which as you might expect are sticky. That means you can’t run while you’re standing on one, but they can also be used slowly slide down from great distances. These could easily be incorporated creatively into parkour levels, creating one-way sliding poles and other platforms to make the courses more challenging and interesting.