The latest snapshot for Minecraft features plenty of tweaks to world gen

A day after Minecraft: Bedrock Edition earned its first 1.18 beta release, Mojang Studios is dropping a bomb on Minecraft: Java Edition players with the arrival of Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w40a. The new build doesn’t look that impressive after a casual glance at its relatively short changelog, but actually features pretty significant alterations to several key pillars of the next major Minecraft update.

1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is going to feature major changes to world generation, ore distribution, and mobs when it arrives later this year, and the latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot touches on all of these. It’s recommended that you back up any world before loading it on this snapshot, if only because world generation is still changing rapidly in these builds.

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Minecraft: Java Edition is one of the best PC games around, and it only continues to get better as Mojang works on their next massive release. That doesn’t mean Mojang isn’t also working behind the scenes on other projects, as I recently discussed what other games Mojang could be working on. Either from the Caves and Cliffs Update or from a new game altogether, new inspiration for the new Minecraft toys and gifts is bound to come.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w40a includes:

Features and changes

  • World generation tweaks
  • Changes to mob spawning
  • Copper Ore now drops 2-5 (from 2-3) Raw Copper items
  • In the Stonecutter, a Block of Copper can be converted to four Cut Copper
  • A bunch of biome variants with similar features but different shapes have been merged into one since the shape is controlled independently now
  • Renamed some biomes

World generation

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