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Minecraft: Java Edition prepares 1.16.5 update with Release Candidate in testing now

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft is back from the holidays with a new snapshot for Minecraft: Java Edition.
  • 1.16.5 Release Candidate 1 resolves two critical stability issues with the Nether Update.
  • If all goes well, 1.16.5 should release to the general public as soon as Friday.
  • Mojang Studios is hoping to release a proper Caves and Cliffs Update snapshot sometime next week.

Minecraft is officially back from the holidays with the 1.16.5 snapshot for Minecraft: Java Edition, which aims to be a minor release that resolves two critical stability issues with Minecraft. This update is still part of the Nether Update, but could very well be the final update we see in the 1.16 branch before Mojang Studios firmly shifts their focus to the wildly anticipated and positively massive Caves and Cliffs Update coming in Summer 2021.

If everything goes well with this 1.16.5 Release Candidate snapshot, this update could be released to everyone as soon as Friday. If you want to help Mojang Studios with their testing, be sure to read up on how to test Minecraft: Java Edition snapshots first. Mojang Studios also mentioned that they'd like to release a Caves and Cliffs Update snapshot sometime next week.

We've already seen Caves and Cliffs Update features in snapshots, but it'll be nice to see testing begin more in earnest in the months leading up to a final release of this massive update. While you're waiting for the Caves and Cliffs Update to drop, check out some of the Best Minecraft Merch, Toys, and Gifts that's perfect for any Minecraft fan.

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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.