Minecraft: Java Edition officially releases 1.16.5 update, 'Caves and Cliffs Update' snapshot coming next week

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Java Edition is the legacy PC version of Minecraft and often gets updates at different times than other versions.
  • The 1.16.5 update is the latest release and is currently rolling out to the general public everywhere.
  • This is a minor update that resolves two server-related critical issues that can't be disclosed now.
  • Mojang Studios intends to release new 'Caves and Cliffs Update' snapshots next week.

Just a few days after testing the 1.16.5 Release Candidate, Minecraft: Java Edition is officially rolling out the 1.16.5 update to the public. If you're expecting a ton of changes and fixes, then lower your expectations. This is a minor update that fixes two critical issues related to servers and is built on top of (and is compatible) with the last update, 1.16.4.

Because of the nature of the bug fixes, Mojang Studios isn't going to disclose what they're fixing until everyone has updated to the latest 1.16.5 update. That being said, unless you're a server owner, it isn't critical that you install the update immediately, and you'll still be able to play the game without it.

Beyond the update, Mojang Studios has once again committed to trying to release new snapshots for the much-anticipated Caves and Cliffs Update next week. This should hopefully kick off the full development and testing cycle Minecraft players have been waiting for since this update's announcement.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.