What Happened With Minecraft 1.17?



By: Ryan Wells, Journalist

If you have been keeping up with the latest gaming news, you will know that Microsoft recently decided to split up the Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update into 2 parts. All the blocks and the mobs will be added this summer with the 1.17 update. On the other hand, the world generation features will be added next winter with the 1.18 update. The development team decided to split up the update to make the content higher quality, keep the developers healthy, and reduce bugs. So now that I’ve covered the reasoning behind this decision, let’s move into what features are going to be in each version.


  • Copper
  • Raw ores
  • Fortunable Iron, Coal, and Gold
  • Goats
  • Axolotls
  • Amethyst Geodes
  • Tuff
  • Calcite
  • Crystals
  • Telescopes
  • Smooth Basalt
  • Glow Squids
  • Deepslate
  • Moss
  • Dripstone
  • Sculk sensors


  • Bigger Caves
  • Bigger Mountains
  • New Blocks spawning naturally
  • Lush Caves
  • Dripstone Caves
  • The Deep Dark
  • The Warden
  • Sculk block/Sculk Growth
  • Increased height limit and lower bedrock

As you can see, most of the blocks and mobs will be added in 1.17, but the natural spawning and world generation features will not be implemented until 1.18. If you are knowledgeable about the update already, you will know that the Archaeology system and dig sites were not listed here. These features are huge, and potentially game-breaking, so it is understandable that Mojang wants to test those features more before they are released to the community. In the Minecraft fanbase, there has been a mix of different reactions to the split, with most people supporting the developers, but some people are not happy that the Caves and Cliffs update will take a year and a half to release, making it the longest update in Minecraft’s history.

Another reason that people are upset with this update is that Mojang said that they would increase parity between Minecraft Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Java Edition. This would have been great, but right when the update split was announced, the next java snapshot dropped. This snapshot removed the new cave generation that had been released so recently. The day after that snapshot, Minecraft Bedrock Edition was given a beta version of the update that included cave generation, mountain generation, and everything else that was ripped away from java players. In order to fix this controversy, Mojang dropped a Java datapack, or a modification that adds features to the game. This datapack includes some of the new generation that everyone was excited about.