When will Minecraft 1.17 come out? Release date and time of Caves and Cliffs update on Bedrock and Java

Minecraft has said that the update is “the most ambitious one” it has ever developed

The Minecraft Caves & Cliffs update is one of the biggest and most anticipated updates in the history of the game.

The update was originally announced by Minecraft last year, during Minecraft Live 2020 in October.

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This is everything you need to know about the update.

The update is set to introduce a number of new features (Photo: Minecraft)
The update is set to introduce a number of new features (Photo: Minecraft)

When will the update be released?

The first part of the Caves & Cliffs update will be released Tuesday 8 June.

While a specific time has not yet been revealed for when everything will be going live, it is expected to be released at around 3pm BST, based on when previous patches and updates have been released.

In order to give players the best update possible, Minecraft announced that it would be splitting Caves & Cliffs into two parts.

In the FAQ section of the Minecraft website explains: “To ship the full Caves & Cliffs update as planned this would have required asking our team to work overtime, and even then we may not have been able to guarantee the high level of polish our players expect.

“By taking more time to deliver the update, we can confidently deliver the first part of Caves & Cliffs this summer, with the second part releasing this holiday season.

“This was not an easy decision but it is the best path to ensure our team stays healthy, happy, and able to deliver awesome updates for many years to come.”

A specific date has not yet been set for the second half of the update, just that it has been “planned for release around the holiday season”, which could be any time from October to December.

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What is new in the update?

Minecraft says that the update is “the most ambitious one” it has ever developed.

The first part of the Caves & Cliffs update comes with a number of new features.

A post on the Minecraft website states: “In the first part of the upcoming Caves & Cliffs update, Minecraft is getting a lot of exciting new underground features.

“One of those is the amethyst geode ⁠– an uncommon geological formation that contains a new resource ⁠– amethyst shards.”

Minecraft also said: “The first part of the Caves & Cliffs Update will focus on some cute and fun mobs, cool items, and new blocks such as: Goat, Axolotl, Crystals + Spyglass + Geodes + Tinted Glass, Copper + Lightning Rod, Glow Squid + Glow Ink, Powder Snow, Lush Cave Blocks, Dripstone Cave Blocks, Deepslate + Ore Variants, Glow Lichen, and Multiplayer Sleeping Rule (Java only).”

Copper is the first new ore to be added to Minecraft since 2013, when it introduced the addition of Nether Quartz ore in the Redstone update.

The ore comes in two forms - a regular one found in stone, and a rarer version found in deepslate, close to the bottom of the world.

If you’re hoping to find some Copper ore, Minecraft advises: “Grab a pick and go mining - but don’t dig too deep.

“Veins of copper ore are most commonly found at medium depths, not too close to the surface, but not too far down either. And don’t worry - you won’t need fancy tools to mine it. A stone pickaxe will do just fine.”

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What devices will the update be available on?

The update will be available for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on:

- Xbox Series X

- Xbox Series S

- Xbox One

- PlayStation 5

- PlayStation 4

- Nintendo Switch

- iOS

- Android

- Windows 10

It will also be available for Minecraft: Java Edition on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

To install Minecraft: Java Edition release candidate, you’ll need to open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the “Installations” tab.

Minecraft warns that “release candidates can corrupt your world, so please make a backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds”.