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Minecraft: Java Edition Gets Snapshot Update

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Last month, Microsoft brought Minecraft: Java Edition to its Xbox Game Pass subscription platform. Also last month, Mojang announced at Minecraft Live 2021 that Caves and Cliffs Update 2 will be coming soon. Now, the company is rolling out a snapshot of this update for all Java Edition users.

Called Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w44a, this release comes with plenty of changes, including for the world blending tool. However, for the most part the update is about fixes and making small improvements to Minecraft: Java Edition.

Essentially, Mojang is preparing the game for the full release of the Caves and Cliffs Update Part 2, which will drop before the end of the year.

Below is the full changelog for Snapshot 21w44a:

Features

  • New world generation is now inserted under existing chunks when upgrading a world to the new world height
  • Added an Online options screen where you can now find the Realms Notifications option and Difficulty when on a server
  • Added an “Allow Server Listings” option to opt-out of having your name displayed in server listings

Changes

  • Sleeping now only resets the weather cycle if it is raining
  • Blocks and fluids are now also affected by simulation distance. It might be a good idea to test that the behavior of your redstone contraptions remained the same
  • Optimized entity collisions

Technical changes

  • Servers can now set property hide-online-players to true in order to not send a player list on status requests
  • When JFR profiling is started from an external source, the JFR events for network packets are now aggregated instead of one event per packet

Fixed bugs

  • Sleeping always resets time until rain
  • Foxes can’t spawn on podzol or coarse dirt
  • In mineshafts, torches can generate attached to blocks other than the wooden supports
  • Mineshafts can generate with light but without any torches
  • Torches not spawning in abandoned mineshafts under y=0
  • Large dripstone structures can be generated outside the caves
  • New mountain biomes don’t count towards “Adventuring Time” advancement
  • /jfr stop output does not have a link
  • Mobs specific to structures aren’t spawning in their structures
  • Foxes & Wolves don’t spawn in Groves
  • Adventuring Time does not account for the new cave biomes
  • Deep Ocean & Ocean is not needed for the “Adventure Time” advancement
  • Values of Infinity in noise settings in default worldgen
  • Powder snow strips can’t generate exposed to the surface
  • Icebergs go all the way to ocean floor.
  • Old Growth Spruce Taiga and Old Growth Birch Forest aren’t part of the “Adventuring Time” advancement
  • Windswept Gravelly Hills & Windswept Savanna aren’t a part of the “Adventuring Time” advancement
  • Withers do not move down to follow the player when the wither’s health is half or lower
  • All torches in mineshafts are facing the wrong way
  • Wither Skeletons can only spawn on Nether Bricks
  • The “amplified” boolean in noise settings does nothing
  • Nether and caves world is missing bedrock
  • Nether decorations can be generated on the original bedrock layer
  • Terrain shaper in noise_settings is not used

Upcoming Minecraft Updates

As well as the Caves and Cliffs Update Part 2 release, Mojang has recently announced The Wild Update for Minecraft. According to Mojang, the update will bring a bunch of new blocks to the game, additional mobs, and new biomes. Furthermore, there will be new large ancient cities featuring unique loot to the update.

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As Microsoft Prepares Minecraft Earth Closure, Is AR Gaming Failing?

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Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth was supposed to be a game-changer. It was the company’s first augmented reality (AR) game and was supposed to be a smash hit. After-all, it was following the mega-successful Pokémon Go, while also being based on the biggest game of all-time, Minecraft. So, it is still a surprise that Microsoft will shutter Minecraft Earth this June.

However, VentureBeat is asking a wider question about what Minecraft Earth’s demise means for the wider AR gaming scene. Along with the clear decline of Pokémon Go, does this all mean AR gaming ends here?

No, is the answer and the reality is AR gaming had a debut few other gaming technologies have ever had. As it now moves through a period of decline, there’s a lot of positives for the future of the genre.

It’s easy to look at Minecraft Earth and think it has been a failure. In fact, the game had over one million players within a week of its launch in the United States back in 2019. It contributed to a health $2.82 billion in AR gaming revenue that same year. Not bad for a fledgling market.

Pokémon Go was also a thriving game. In fact, Pokémon Go was a victim of its own success, enjoying stratospheric growth within months of release, growth that was ultimately unsustainable. The game was a culture hit and when casual users moved on users and revenues fell.

Consistency

So, it’s easy to think AR gaming has been falling in revenue, especially with Pokémon Go losing millions of users. However, that was not the case in 2020. It turns out Minecraft Earth maintained success and the players who stuck around on Pokémon Go were the loyal gamers willing to spend money.

During last year, AR revenue reached $4.7 billion. That is admittedly $300 million lower than analyst expectations, but it is growth over 2019. That revenue was even achieved during the global COVID-19 pandemic when people could not go outside.

So, why is Microsoft ditching Minecraft Earth. Considering the AR gaming market is likely to explode over the next five years as technology improves, isn’t the company cutting its losses too soon? Weathering the storm would seem to be the better option.

Microsoft seemingly doesn’t see enough return and is likely spending more on the game than it makes. Despite Minecraft Earth wandering into the sunset, I have a feeling this is not the last we will see of Minecraft in the AR realm.

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Minecraft ‘Caves and Cliffs Update’: When Will it Launch?

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As Microsoft continues to reap the rewards of Minecraft, the game also continues to deliver for players. Thanks to consistent updates, new maps, worlds, DLCs, features, and extras are frequently available. But what about the Caves and Cliffs Update, which promises to be one of the biggest Minecraft upgrades ever?

You may remember Minecraft developer Mojang first announced the Caves and Cliffs Update at Minecon back in 2019. This update would combine two updates into a single release.

Mojang usually rolls out two major Minecraft updates per year. For example, in 2020 the year started with the Buzzy Bees Update (actually released Dec. 2019) and the Nether Update last June. Both annual updates are major releases adding plenty of new features to the sandbox game.

Minecraft Caves and Cliff was meant to combine two updates for 2021. In other words, this ambitious upgrade would combine 2021’s two updates into one single bumper release. It would also bring one of the biggest ever changes to Minecraft.

Summer Launch

Specifically, Mojang promises the update gives mountains a makeover will completely redoing the whole mining experience in the game. Mojang admits an update of this scale takes time, so when will Minecraft Caves and Cliffs launch?

A specific date has not been given, but the company promises a summer 2021 release. As we get closer to that timeframe schedule, expect to hear more information. Considering other mid-year updates have arrived in June, that would be a good starting point for speculation regarding the Caves and Cliffs Update.

Alongside the changes mentioned, expect the update to come with loads of other features, add-ons, and perks.

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