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Minecraft: Java Edition gets Pre-Release 2 and 3 for 'the Nether Update's' 1.16.2 update

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Nether Update for Minecraft has been out for a while, but isn't perfect.
  • To address some of the biggest complaints, as well as add new features and enhancements, 1.16.2 is coming soon.
  • This update is currently in testing, but has recently entered Pre-Release for Minecraft: Java Edition.
  • Pre-Release 2 and 3 are both coming out today, featuring more bug fixes for the upcoming release.

The Nether Update was a massive update for Minecraft, and as such there's still plenty of work for Mojang Studios to do in order to make the release as polished as possible. This means a smaller update underneath the Nether Update branch, bringing bug fixes, enhancements, and even a new feature or two. Enter: 1.16.2, the next update for Minecraft (no, not the Mountain Update).

According to Minecraft's blog, Pre-Release 2 and 3 are both rolling out to players of the Java Edition, bringing further bug changes right before the update comes out. Now that 1.16.2 is in Pre-Release, I only expect it to be a few more weeks before everyone gets to taste the numerous changes in store. These Pre-Releases are only for small tweaks and improvements, however, so don't expect anything wild.

Pre-Release 2 brought a decent list of changes, as well as making it so crimson and warped roots no longer require shears to be mined. Pre-Release 3 built on top of this with more bug fixes, with an apparent focus on overall stability in comparison to Pre-Release 2. This isn't very exciting, of course, but 1.16.2 will bring the new piglin brute mob to Minecraft, as well as make some improvements to netherite, chain blocks, and much more. Hopefully it won't be too much longer now!

Zachary Boddy
News Writer, Minecraft Expert

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.