Before departing for the weekend, Mojang Studios released Minecraft: Java Edition 1.17.1 Release Candidate 1 to testers on PC, which stood a good chance at becoming the public build that would be released in the near future. Now, Mojang has revealed that they discovered and patched a handful of critical issues with the initial release candidate, and those fixes are now available to testers. Minecraft: Java Edition 1.17.1 Release Candidate 2 is here.
The changes in this snapshot aren’t listed in an official changelog, but Mojang does mention that a few critical issues were resolved. As long as testers don’t run into any other lingering problems, the 1.17.1 patch update for Minecraft and its Caves and Cliffs Update should arrive very soon (likely within the next week).
This update won’t include any significant new features or changes for Minecraft players, and instead focuses on polishing the recently released 1.17 Caves and Cliffs Update Part One with a ton of bug fixes and improvements. Mojang Studios will want to ensure the current public update is as stable as possible before they begin active testing on 1.18 Part Two, expected to release in Winter 2021.
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