Mojang appears to have everything in place for a big Minecraft 1.18 release date – with the game now available on Xbox Game Pass and supporting cross-play with any current version of Minecraft, including consoles and mobiles.
And while we do know that Caves and Cliffs Part 2 is coming this year, we still don’t know when Minecraft’s big update will be released.
And based on previous launches, we may not have much time to prepare for the launch when it hits PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile.
When the Minecraft 1.17 release date was announced, Mojang only provided a week before everything went live on June 8.
And the same could happen with Caves and Cliffs Part 2, which means we may have very little time to prepare for launch again.
It also means we can’t predict exactly when this might happen, as Mojang kept the final launch date very vague.
The latest update to the Minecraft FAQ reads: “The Caves & Cliffs update will be released in two parts; the first (1.17) was released on June 8, 2021 and the second (1.18) will be released later this year.
“The decision to release Caves & Cliffs in two parts is the result of our most ambitious update to date, as our team also continues to address the challenges of working remotely.
“By giving our development team a little more time, they will be able to deliver an array of great features without compromising on quality, reliability or functionality for gamers. You can see the full announcement video here.
“The first part of the Caves & Cliffs update will focus on cute and fun monsters, cool items and new blocks. For the full list of new features in Part I, check out the final changelog for Java and Bedrock.
And not too long ago, the last Minecraft snapshot was released by the Mojang team.
Snapshot 21W43A is available for download now and includes the new world shuffling features revealed during the Minecraft Live event in October.
This means that the generation of the world around the edges of an old world will now be adjusted for a smoother transition, with the space under the existing pieces also being filled, but only with deep slate.
Mojang says they’ll be adding a full generation of caves to this location later, which means another snapshot could be released before the Caves and Cliffs Part 2 update is ready to go.