Minecraft’s a game that is as complicated or as simple as you’d like it to be. After the next update, version 1.80, you’ll be able to set up your Minecraft world in ways you can’t right now.
The studio behind the game, Mojang (TeamMojang on YouTube), has put out a video showing off all the new ways you’ll be able to tweak the game’s world-generation algorithm to create levels according to your own tastes, using 16 brand-new terrain-modifying sliders that will unlock once the update goes live, including one that will let you adjust where sea level is.
You will also have total control over the number of caves, villages, temples, dungeons and strongholds in each level, so you can make places to explore as common or as rare as you’d like.
Many of the new settings are quite complex – not everyone knows what “biome scale offset” and “depth noise exponent” really mean, after all – so Mojang will be releasing seven preset worlds and their slider settings in the update to help players grow accustomed to the new system.
According to the official Minecraft Wiki, update 1.8 is expected to drop sometime in May 2014, so keep your eyes peeled for news of its arrival.