What were the Distant Lands in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition?

An unusual location once the result of a generation bug in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, the Far Lands is said to appear millions of blocks from the origin of any given Minecraft world.

At the time of the Outlands existence, the massive and unusually shaped location resulted from a bug in the terrain generation code of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

The Outlands basically served as the end of a given Bedrock world before the game code was refined and it became possible to generate more of a Minecraft world. This also applied to dimensions such as the Nether and the End, and the Far Lands could also be seen in the Java Edition (although it works slightly differently than the Bedrock iteration).

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Distant Lands could generate in different forms, but served to block a Minecraft world regardless (Image via Mojang).
Distant Lands could generate in different forms, but served to block a Minecraft world regardless (Image via Mojang).

Depending on the version of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition played between Windows and console iterations, the Far Lands would generate in different structures.

However, in flat worlds, Far Lands would not generate due to the lack of Perlin Noise, a type of machine noise generated via computer imagery that was developed in 1983. Although Perlin Noise is a complicated mechanism, this n is not the only contributing factor. to the creation of the Distant Lands.

By the time Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta was released, the Far Lands had been removed. However, terrain distortions still appear on occasion when players move away from the origin of the world.

However, things like the World Frontier now exist that can potentially prevent players from progressing past a certain point. If players exceed this threshold and continue, hardware constraints in an “infinite” generated Minecraft world may eventually crash the game itself.

The Far Lands, while patched, have been well documented in the annals of Minecraft history. They’ve even appeared in Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode as well as Steve’s Classic Mode run in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch.

So even though the Far Lands have been gone in most iterations of Minecraft for quite some time, they still live on in the minds of the community as a whole. Maybe booting an older version and venturing into faraway lands is worth a look, just for the nostalgia.

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