Mojang AB this week released the Minecraft Combat Update 1.9 for the PC.
The update includes updated combat mechanics and new map-making options. New changes include added shields, swords sweep attack, added chorus plants, new Purpur blocks, added grass path block, added tipped arrows, and fixed issues.
The final game includes cross-platform multiplayer for up to five players on a local network between Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, in addition to five player online functionality to the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta via Xbox Live.
Minecraft PC owners can download the Windows 10 Edition Beta at no cost.