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Minecraft is getting another big upgrade with the Caves & Cliffs Update

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Minecraft Live happened today and there were plenty of exciting announcements about the future of Minecraft, like the next major free upgrade with the Caves & Cliffs Update.

This will bring in improved cave generation with lush underground vegetation and special dripstone caves. There's an entirely new archaeology system giving you more reasons to go and dig deep and there's lots to find underground including crystals, telescopes, bundles, a new sculk sensor block and a new hostile mob – the Warden which can be seen below:

This new mob reacts to sound, so you can try to sneak past it or throw something to distract it. Sounds like it's going to make the underground a lot more interesting - and perhaps even a little scary if you're not expecting one of these to come running at you.

After last year's confirmation, they're finally going to be adding in a Mountain Goat too. This horned mob will jump around, which looks quite hilarious and they will charge at you if you annoy them. I'm more excited about the Axolotl, which you can swim with and catch in a bucket!

They also held another of their mob votes, so people get to pick the next confirmed mob to be included in the game. The winner of that was a Glow Squid which is coming over from Minecraft Earth to the normal game, so expect the oceans to get a little more attention-grabbing in a future game update. On top of that, they're also going to be adding in copper. This special block has gained an ageing feature, where it will over time turn green.

We're not expecting the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update until 2021.

The full Minecraft Live 2020 can be seen below:

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8 comments

Izaic 4 Oct
This is going to be a exciting update!
Interknet 4 Oct
Can't wait to see the things they add. Nice that they're bringing spooky elements to the game. Should make even hardcore players shake a little!
kneekoo 5 Oct
Sweet!
detrout 5 Oct
Are people using the Java version on Linux, or is there some way of getting the Bedrock edition to run via some kind of compatibility layer? The one I found says it doesn't support the latest version.
kneekoo 5 Oct
I'm on the Java release. :)
Hori 5 Oct
I think this is the most exciting update I've ever seen for Minecraft. The new generator alone (both caves and mountains) looks amazing, yet there are still other new and exciting features besides that as well.
It's enough to get me back into the game for a while after it releases.

Quoting: detroutAre people using the Java version on Linux, or is there some way of getting the Bedrock edition to run via some kind of compatibility layer? The one I found says it doesn't support the latest version.
I still think that Java is the better version regardless of the OS. The only exception being that Bedrock supports RTX which is a real shame... (and RTX doesn't work on Linux anyway, yet)

However I did find some reddit posts with people explaining how to get Bedrock working on Linux. I did't give it a try myself though.


Last edited by Hori on 5 October 2020 at 7:16 am UTC
Interknet 5 Oct
Quoting: detroutAre people using the Java version on Linux, or is there some way of getting the Bedrock edition to run via some kind of compatibility layer? The one I found says it doesn't support the latest version.

You can run it but the guy maintaining it is very slow at, well, maintaining it.

Not much you can really do other than running it in an android OS maybe a VM I guess.
detrout 5 Oct
Thanks everyone...

I guess I'd been assuming that if they had a new platform they'd have stopped maintaining the old one.
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