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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
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.