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News video games 29 September 2021, 22:05

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Spiky Mountains in Minecraft Snapshot 21w39a

Testing of Minecraft version 1.18 continues. Snapshot 21w39a introduced, among other things, new, less flat mountains and a significant change in the interface.

Minecraft has received another snapshot preparing us for the launch of the second part of the Caves & Cliffs update. This, as the developers call it, "progressive snapshot" numbered 21W39a is available in Minecraft Java version. To check it out, you need to activate snapshots in the "Installations" section. However, we recommend that you run the snapshot session from a separate folder or make a backup - otherwise you risk losing your world in Minecraft!

This "progressiveness" of the snapshot refers not so much to the changes, but rather the added achievements (called progress in the game). From now on, the players will receive rewards for such things as falling from the highest point in the world to the very bottom and for musicianship on mountain meadows.

Fortunately, these are not the only novelties. Mojang has changed the mountains to look like actual peaks, rather than - as the post on the game's official website puts it - "flat, hilly mounds." Several of the tested elements have been improved as well, including the mob spawning mechanics (e.g. the drowned have finally made their way into the water tanks in the dripstone caves).

The developers have also decided to improve the gameplay experience. From now on the list of active special effects is displayed on the right side of the inventory window. Moreover, an alternative view has been introduced, which makes individual effects visible as single icons. This is to prevent the accumulation of multiple effects cluttering the entire screen, for example when opening the item creation blueprint.

In addition, snapshot 21W39a is also a variety of bug fixes, although this time relatively few of them were removed. Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II will be released this year during the holidays. The exact release date remains unknown.

  1. Minecraft - official website
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