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Minecraft Caves and Cliffs is Minecraft’s next major update, coming 2021

Snowy mountains and cave rafting are on the way

This year’s Minecraft Live is underway, and the next major update for the sandbox game has been revealed. Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs will give players some mountainous regions and mysterious caverns to explore, and plenty of new blocks and biomes to build with when it arrives next year.

Per the Minecraft subreddit, a number of the features were listed during the livestream. Everything here is based around three pillars: spectacular mountains, more strategic mining, and making the underground a little cooler to explore. The new mountains will have height-dependent generation, and may now come with ice and snow. Caves are coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from lush and green, to water, to crevasse-shaped, to spaghetti and swiss cheese, and dripstone caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. You can go cave rafting, or go down into the deep dark, if you dare.

Glowberry leafy vines have been added to the grassy blocks, along with new water lilies, and all-sided grass. The new blossom flower generates spores as particles, and some of these additions are inter-connected, like the Azalea trees which mark lush caves. You can now add a brush to your inventory, which will come in handy for clearly away rubble layer-by-layer on the archaeological digs. Potential artefacts range from historical prizes, to useful items. In among the caves are crystals, which must be farmed as their material is unobtainable, and you can can craft them into a telescope.

Goats that can jump and headbutt live on snowy mountains, and axolotl will be swimming around in lush caves. Axolotl come in multiple colours, will follow you when captured, and can heal you up if you’re a real good relationship. But mind yourself with the Wardens, powerful, vaguely humanoid blind mobs that dwell in caves.

You can watch the full preview and discussion of the update below:

Big week for Minecraft news, since Minecraft’s Steve is coming to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. No doubt these updates will spur some more incredible creations, like the Shrek intro, and the opening to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Caves and Cliffs will roll out sometime during summer 2021, be sure to have a look at our list of the best Minecraft seeds to keep yourself occupied.