Minecraft 1.9 to be released on Feb 29, making this the longest major update in development


Mojang are planning to release the final version of Minecraft 1.9 on Monday, February 29, and a pre-release version is now available.

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The full patch notes are planned for release closer to the launch of the full update, but for now here are the complete patch notes for the pre-release build:

Bugs fixed in 1.9-pre2:

  • [Bug MC-35127] – Wrong NBT TAG Type for fallTime in FallingSand Entities
  • [Bug MC-35714] – Sounds loop/restart when exiting screens
  • [Bug MC-89928] – Portals not placing the player at correct coordinates
  • [Bug MC-90101] – Mob Spawner is overwriting (ignoring?) Pos[x,y,z] data of entity
  • [Bug MC-91290] – Skeletons with no AI spawning naturally
  • [Bug MC-95538] – /playsound command doesn’t work with selectors not resolving to exactly one entity

Notable changes:

  • Bugs fixed
  • Increased durability of shields
  • Some crystals in the end are protected by cages again
  • Added 34.7% more hype for Minecraft 1.9

Bugs fixed:

  • [Bug MC-96863] – Marker ArmorStand Should Not Have Passenger Offset
  • [Bug MC-97217] – Weird placement of player while riding an entity after swimming with elytra
  • [Bug MC-97235] – Resource pack in minecraft world save file not working
  • [Bug MC-97251] – Rail Duplication Glitch

For information on how to get snapshots (or the pre-release build), head over to the official Mojang patch notes.