Minecraft: Java Edition release candidate for 'the Nether Update' is rolling out now

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

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios is releasing the Nether Update for Minecraft in just a few days.
  • The update is a complete overhaul of the Nether, Minecraft's rendition of Hell.
  • In the last few days before the release on June 23, 2020, Mojang Studios has a release candidate.
  • This (possibly) final build fixes a few last minute bugs, before everyone gets their hands on the update.

The Nether Update is nearly upon us, and Mojang Studios has what might be the last preview build for us impatient testers to take out for a spin before the final launch day on June 23, 2020. It's been a while since Minecraft had such a large update (we get about one a year) so this is very exciting. This new build isn't referred to as a Pre-Release build, instead donning the title "release candidate." That means unless Mojang Studios finds anymore bugs that require fixing, this is the build that everyone will recieve come launch day.

This one just has a handful of fixes, mostly focusing on some niche crashing issues you might run into in specific scenarios. One other fix is for irregular surface generation in the Nether for things like lava that floats or crimson forests that spawn without nylium (the grass-like block that encourages fungi growth). Nothing too groundbreaking here, but appreciated nonetheless.

You can find the full changelog here, or you can read our guide to find out how you can test what could be the final build for the Nether Update a few days before everyone else. I think I'll be content just waiting a few more days.

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.