Mojang Studios shares how community feedback helps shape Minecraft's 'Caves and Cliffs Update'

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Some happy villagers (Image credit: Windows Central | Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is in a constant state of improvement, driven by Mojang Studios' ongoing updates and feedback from the community.
  • In a new dev diary, Mojang team members discuss how community feedback has helped shape Minecraft's next major update.
  • 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two is one of Minecraft's largest updates yet, and therefore includes a ton of changes.
  • Mojang is constantly collecting input and feedback from the community that helps dictate the direction the update will go in.

The future of Minecraft currently rests on the Caves and Cliffs Update, an absolutely massive release that comes in two parts (with the first half already released), and includes a huge list of sweeping changes, feature additions, and more. Mojang Studios is currently working hard on the second half of the Caves and Cliffs Update, releasing later this year, and part of their process to ensure the update is as great as possible is to listen to feedback from the community.

In the latest dev diary from Mojang, various team members discuss how the studio uses vital feedback from its players to help shape Minecraft and 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two.

The video provides a general overview of how Mojang engages with the community, and how important the subsequent feedback is to making various decisions during developments. This is particularly crucial with the upcoming Caves and Cliffs Update, which features huge alterations to world generation and how Minecraft looks. Smaller details like how rivers interact with mountains, how prevalent beaches should be, how caves can intersect with the surface world, and more are all affected by community feedback.

Mojang Studios is always testing future updates with its wider Minecraft community, such as with the most recent Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta or Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot.

The above video is an interesting watch, especially if you love to participate in Minecraft's development. If you're interested in grabbing a sneak peek at the future of Minecraft and Mojang Studios' plans, don't miss out on Minecraft Live 2021, which is airing on Oct. 16, 2021.

It's thanks to this dedication to listening to the community and more that Minecraft is one of the greatest games ever made, and as such rightfully boasts of an impressive list of best Minecraft toys and gifts.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

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.