Minecraft is splitting and delaying the ‘Caves and Cliffs Update’

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Minecraft Caves And Cliffs Update Delay AnnouncementSource: Mojang Studios | Twitter

The Caves and Cliffs Update for Minecraft is now coming in two separate parts. The first part is coming in Summer 2021, in the same timeframe the full Caves and Cliffs Update was planned. The second, arguably more important part, has been delayed until Holiday, or Winter 2021. Finally, the new archeology system that was planned for the Caves and Cliffs Update has been indefinitely delayed and likely won’t arrive until sometime in 2022.

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The first part of the Caves and Cliffs Update will include:

  • New blocks, like dripleaf, deepslate, copper, and more
  • New mobs, like goats, axolotl, and glow squid
  • Some small changes to world generation, like copper ore and geodes

The second part of the Caves and Cliffs Update will include:

  • Major changes to world generation
    • Increased build height and improved mountain generation
    • Increased world depth and improved cave generation
  • Other smaller changes, improvements, and features

This was likely a difficult decision for Mojang Studios to make, but ultimately was required to deliver the Caves and Cliffs Update at an acceptable quality. The changing work environments due to the pandemic, as well as the extreme technical challenges of delivering this update dictated this decision. Hopefully, Mojang Studios’ teams can work safely and smartly to deliver the Caves and Cliffs Update to eager Minecraft fans as soon as it’s ready.

Minecraft is one of the best games on Xbox, and this delay doesn’t change that at all. If you’re excited about the Caves and Cliffs Update, be sure to check out some of the best Minecraft merch, toys, and gifts.

I recently discussed why Mojang Studios sometimes feels like an underfunded indie studio, which was motivated by some of the decisions and delays Mojang Studios has made in the past.

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