Minecraft: Java Edition releases 1.16.3 update for 'the Nether Update' to public

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

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is currently on the 1.16 Nether Update branch, the most recent major release that overhauled the Nether dimension.
  • Today, Mojang Studios is releasing the 1.16.3 update for Minecraft: Java Edition, which has been in testing for a while now.
  • The update is very minor, and simply fixes a handful of bugs present in the Java Edition of Minecraft.

We reported on the Release Candidate for the 1.16.3 update a few days ago, and now it's officially rolling out to the public for Minecraft: Java Edition. This is a very minor update that builds on top of the Nether Update, and fixes a handful of bugs that were present.

The changelog for fixes in the official 1.16.3 update includes:

  • Giving an item and a gold ingot to a baby piglin and killing it duplicates the item
  • Piglins, Piglin Brutes, Hoglins and Zoglins have trouble pathfinding to the player when attacking

It's a simple update that tackles a few key issues, but doesn't do much else. Keep in mind, this update is just for the Java Edition, so it isn't releasing for the Bedrock Edition on other platforms.

Things are slow in the Minecraft universe right now ahead of the Minecraft Live event on October 3, 2020, where we're expecting huge announcements for Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, including a possible teaser about the next update for Minecraft. Mark your calendars, because October 3 is going to be a big day for Minecraft fans.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.