Earlier this spring we announced that the much-anticipated Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update will now release in two parts instead of a singular update. You can view the full announcement video below. The first update was released on June 8th 2021, and the second update will release later this year.
Note: We will continue to update this FAQ with important information.
Q: Why is the Caves & Cliffs Update releasing in two parts?
A: The decision to release Caves & Cliffs in two parts is the result of taking on our most ambitious update to date while our team also continues to navigate the challenges of working remotely. By giving our development team some extra time, they will be able to deliver an array of exciting features without compromising on quality, reliability, or functionality for players.
Q: When will the Caves & Cliffs Update be released?
A: The Caves & Cliffs Update will release in two parts; the first (1.17) on June 8th 2021, and the second (1.18) later this year.
Q: What updates are releasing in the first/second part of the Caves & Cliffs Update?
A: The first part of the Caves & Cliffs Update will focus on some cute and fun mobs, cool items, and new blocks. For the full list of new features for Part 1, take a look at the final changelog for Java and Bedrock.
The second part of the Caves & Cliffs update will focus on changes to world generation, such as increasing world height, adding more dramatic mountains and caves, and exciting new biomes. Check out the video below to find out more about what to expect in Caves & Cliffs Part 2!
Q: How has Mojang Studios been impacted by COVID-19 and working from home? Are you expecting the Caves & Cliffs Update to be delayed further?
A: The health of our Mojang Studios team is a top priority, and working remotely during the global pandemic has been challenging for all of us. To ship the full Caves & Cliffs update as planned would have required asking our team to work overtime, and even then we may not have been able to guarantee the high level of polish our players expect.
By taking more time to deliver the update, we can confidently deliver the first part of Caves & Cliffs on June 8th, with the second part releasing later this year. This was not an easy decision but it is the best path to ensure our team stays healthy, happy, and able to deliver awesome updates for many years to come.
Q: Can I try out the Caves & Cliffs Part 2 features now?
A: Yes, there are a number of features scheduled for Caves & Cliffs Part 2 that are currently available to try out in Bedrock Betas and Minecraft: Java Edition. These features are still in development and are subject to change prior to the full release.
For more information on how to access these features: