October 21, 2021
Minecraft Update

Minecraft Game News: Caves & Cliffs is Now TWO Separate Updates

Minecraft Update Game News: Caves & Cliffs is Now TWO Separate Updates

Minecraft will go down in history as one of the best video games of all time. It practically started the procedurally generated sandbox genre on its own and revolutionized the way other games were developed and designed. Due to its massive success, Mojang, Minecraft’s game development company, caught the attention of Microsoft. In 2014, Microsoft bought Mojang for $2.5 billion, and while many fans had their doubts about what might happen, things haven’t really changed.

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Oftentimes when larger corporations buy out smaller companies, those companies change drastically and their products can suffer. Luckily, Microsoft seemed to take a hands-off approach and allow Mojang to continue operating relatively independently. However, with Microsoft’s backing, the game has seen numerous ports onto just about every modern console from mobile to the Nintendo Switch.

Minecraft has also benefited by being able to provide a consistent stream of updates and improvements to the game. These updates have ranged from bug fixes to massive overhauls of how certain environments work. As someone who has played the game since its original Beta release, it’s crazy to see how much the game has changed and improved over the last decade.

Since its release, Mojang has done an excellent job at continually improving and expanding the world of Minecraft. In fact, within just a few months of its official release, Minecraft began receiving large content updates that added new and exciting things with each one.

Minecraft Update 1.1

Update 1.1 was the first big content update to Minecraft after its initial launch, and it was released within 3 months of the game launch. For an update that only had a few months of development time, 1.1 added quite a lot to the game along with improving on bugs and other issues.

New Content Additions

  • 56 New languages including Klingon, Quenya, and even Pirate Speak.
  • Superflat world types
  • Beaches were added as a biome type
  • Spawn eggs

Minecraft Update 1.2

Another 3 months after 1.1, the Minecraft community received its second large update: The Biomes Update. The update added a load of new features and some massive overhauls and expansions of existing systems. It primarily focused on improving and adding new biomes and adding some new content to world generation.

New Content Additions

  • New height limit
  • Zombie Sieges
  • Jungle biomes
  • Abandoned Mineshafts
  • Desert wells
  • New items (Bottle o’ Enchanting, Redstone Lamps, Fire Charge, and more)
  • New mobs (Iron Golems and Ocelots)

Minecraft Update 1.3

If you played Minecraft prior to 1.3, then you probably remember how big of an impact this update had on the game. This content update really changed a lot of gameplay and added some really great variety to an already expansive game. The addition of temples was a centerpiece of the update and the new ultra-rare emerald ore was added to the game. It also marked the final large content update that would be released without a name.

New Content Additions

  • Desert and Jungle Temples
  • Emerald Ore and Emeralds
  • Ender Chests
  • Villager Trading
  • Adventure Mode
  • Tripwire Hooks

Minecraft 1.4 – The Pretty Scary Update

Minecraft 1.4 added numerous “Scary” themed mobs to the game including The Wither boss. The patch was released in October of 2012 so it was an obvious play on the seasonal theme of Halloween. Fortunately for Minecraft players, the patch wasn’t just a limited seasonal feature, all of the mobs and additions were added as permanent content to the game.

New Content Additions

  • New mobs (Witches, bats, zombie villagers, wither skeletons)
  • The Wither boss
  • New food (Carrots, potatoes, pumpkin pie)
  • Carrots on sticks (Rideable pigs)
  • Nether Star
  • Netherrack
  • Numerous decoration items and blocks\

Minecraft 1.5 – Redstone Update

Redstone has always been a really interesting part of Minecraft, but it wasn’t always as in-depth as it is now. In fact, when it was first released, Redstone was pretty much limited to levers, pistons, and pressure pads. That didn’t stop people from designing extravagant uses, someone even went as far as to build a Redstone computer that spanned over a massive part of the Minecraft world. But with the release of 1.5, Redstone functionality expanded greatly thanks to a bunch of new items and triggers.

New Content Additions

  • Hoppers
  • Droppers
  • Weighted Pressure Plates
  • Minecraft carts (TNT, Hopper, and Spawner)
  • Daylight Sensors
  • Numerous decorative blocks

Minecraft 1.6 – The Horse Update

For older players, this patch was game-changing, to say the least. It’s great to have a massive world to run around and explore in, but running all that way can get really old. Adding rideable horses to the game took care of that problem in a fun and interesting way. It also added more ways to customize and personalize the game with horse armor, name tags, and even carpet.

New Content Additions

  • Horses
  • Donkeys
  • Mules
  • Carpet
  • Hay Bales
  • Terracotta
  • Many backend improvements to help optimize gameplay

Minecraft 1.7 – The Update That Changed The World

Patch 1.7 was a massively comprehensive content pack that covered everything from new biomes to generated structures. The update added a ton of variety to the game with a ton of new biomes to explore and new items within each. The ocean really had some standout changes with the addition of the Deep Ocean biome as well as a number of new fish added into the game.

New Content Additions

  • Deep Ocean biome
  • Extreme hills+ biome
  • Mega Taiga biome
  • Taiga biome
  • Flower, birch, and roofed forest biomes
  • Sunflower plains biome
  • Savanna biome
  • Mesa biome
  • Several different varieties of fishes (Clownfish, salmon, pufferfish)
  • Several new flower types

Minecraft 1.8 – The Bountiful Update

The 1.8 update for Minecraft added quite a few improvements with a ton of new decorative blocks and items. It also added new commands and customization options when looking into world generation. This update also released naturally occurring deposits of Diorite, Andesite, and Granite. Coincidentally this patch was also when inventory space seemed to just evaporate thanks to the many varieties of stone stacks.

New Content Additions

  • Many new decorative blocks (Stone variants and prismarine)
  • New decorative items (Sea lanterns, banners, armor stand)
  • New mobs (Guardians, Elder Guardians, Endermites, and Rabbits)
  • Slime blocks
  • Wet sponge
  • Several new rabbit-based recipes

Minecraft 1.9 – The Combat Upgrade

This update brought around one of the first controversial changes to the game. The patch completely overhauled the way combat worked by adding shields, changing weapon damage, adding sweeping attacks, and more. The changes affected PvP situations the most as it really changed the dynamics of combat. Some players thought the overhaul was needed and enjoyed the variability it added to the game, while others felt the new system was random and awkward. No matter how you feel about it, it certainly brought about some interesting change.

New Content Additions

  • Tipped arrows that can apply potion and status effects
  • Spectral arrows that show an outline of the target
  • Increased damage done by axes
  • Added shields
  • Dual-wielding which allows players to switch items in their hands
  • Sweep attack that can knockback multiple enemies at once

Minecraft 1.10 – The Frostburn Update

Minecraft 1.10 was a rather smaller update compared to the previous content patches. It primarily added a few creatures to lackluster biomes while also adding a few additional blocks to the game.

New Content Additions

  • New Mobs (Polar Bear, Stray, Husk)
  • Magma blocks
  • Bone blocks
  • Nether Wart blocks
  • Added “auto-jump” functionality

Minecraft 1.11 – The Exploration Update

After the small update of 1.10, Mojang decided to do a little better for the next update. The Exploration Update added a number of new mobs as well as several enhancements to survival mode. The idea was to expand on the playability of the game and provide players with more to do and explore.

New Content Additions

  • Exploration Map
  • Shulker Box
  • Shulker Shells
  • Totem of Undying
  • New mobs (Evoker, Llama, Vex, Vindicator)

Minecraft 1.12 – The World of Color Update

The 1.12 update was more of a quality of life update as opposed to the large content updates previously released by Mojang. For the most part graphics and designs were enhanced to bring out more vibrant coloration. The achievement system was replaced with the advancements system and there were a few other minor changes.

New Content Additions

  • Achievements were replaced by advancements
  • New mobs (Parrot and Illusioner)
  • Graphics and coloration were greatly enhanced

Minecraft 1.13 – The Update Aquatic

Minecraft 1.13 brought about some pretty large changes to ocean biomes and added a ton of diversity and content to the ocean. Several different mobs were added to the game, as well as many different ocean-based items including the almighty Trident. Ocean world generation had loads of content added to it including shipwrecks, underwater ruins, and more.

New Content Additions

  • New mobs (Dolphins, Drowned, Fish, Turtles, Phantoms)
  • New items (Trident, Dried kelp, Heart of the Sea, Nautilus Shell)
  • Ocean blocks like Coral and Kelp
  • New world structures (Shipwrecks, underwater ruins, icebergs)

Minecraft 1.14 – Village and Pillage

This content update added a ton of new mobs while also overhauling villages. Several biomes were expanded on and new mobs added to each and there were even new building blocks added into the game.

New Content Additions

  • New mobs (Wandering Trader, Trader Llama, Fox, Brown Mooshroom, Panda, Pillager, Ravager)
  • New building blocks (Scaffolding, Lanterns)
  • Tons of utility blocks (Barrels, Bells, Blast Furnaces, Cartography Table, Composter, Campfire, Grindstone, and more!)
  • Crossbows
  • Villager and Illager overhauls adding new designs depending on the biome

Minecraft 1.15 – Buzzy Bees

Minecraft 1.15 was a fun content update that added all manner of bee-related items and blocks. Bees were added to the game and came along with beehives, honeycomb, bee nests, and more. The patch also focussed on some quality of life and performance improvements.

New Content Additions

  • Bees and numerous bee-related items
  • Honey blocks
  • Wide variety of bug fixes and performance enhancements

Minecraft 1.16 – Nether Update

The Nether Update was a patch that was long time coming. The Nether had remained fairly untouched since the release with minor changes and blocks added over the course of several updates. However in 1.16 the entire focus was to overhaul the Nether and make it a much more fun place.

New Content Additions

  • New mobs (Piglins, Hoglins, Striders, Zoglin, Piglin Brutes)
  • Added new Netherite items
  • Numerous changes to make the Nether experience more interesting
  • Nether biomes (Soul Sand Valley, Crimson Forest, Warped Forest, Basalt Deltas)
  • Loads of new biome themed blocks
  • New Nether structures

Minecraft 1.17 – Caves and Cliffs

As the newest upcoming patch, Minecraft 1.17 is scheduled to come out in summer of 2021. However the content patch was so large that Mojang announced that the content update would be split into two different updates (1.17 and 1.18) with 1.18 due later on in the year. As of right now there isn’t a whole lot of information out about what is coming in 1.18, but there is a good amount of information on 1.17.

New Content Additions

  • New mobs (Goats and Axolotls)
  • Biome changes/overhauls for caves
  • New ore variants
  • Several new utility items (Lightning Rod, Spyglass, Geodes, and more!)

There’s always something new and exciting to look forward to in Minecraft, and it’s no wonder that so many people call it one of the best video games of all time. With the continued expansion of the game and its vibrant world, only time will tell what kind of new and exciting things players will see.

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