Earlier this year, I reported on the potential availability of the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update this summer. Almost two years after the update was first announced, Microsoft-owned Mojang is now delivering the first part of the update.

You may remember Minecraft developer Mojang first announced the Caves and Cliffs Update at Minecon back in 2019. This update would combine two updates into a single release. That has now changed slightly, but it is important to understand how major Minecraft updates work.

Mojang typically sends out two major Minecraft updates per year. For example, in 2020 we got the Buzzy Bees Update (actually released Dec. 2019) and the Nether Update during June. Both annual updates are major releases adding plenty of new features to the popular game.

For the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update, the idea was to combine the two annual updates into a single release. However, it now seems Microsoft has decided to have two updates this year, after-all.

Part 1

That means the Caves & Cliffs update we are getting now is labelled as “Part 1”. The second part of the update will launch later this year. Looking at the release notes it was a good idea to split this update into two because even the first part alone is massive.

“Massive” in the world of Minecraft means “good” because users are getting a bunch of new features. Far too many to list here, although some standouts include new mobs (goat mob, anyone?), 90 new blocks, and a load of craftable items.

To see the full scope of this update and all the new features, head to the official Mojang Minecraft release page. For a more entertaining round up of what to expect, check out the new trailer released by the company to coincide with Caves & Cliffs Part 1.

The update is available now on Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Windows 10.

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