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'The Nether Update' for Minecraft: Bedrock and Java Editions is releasing on June 23, 2020

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

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios has been working on the next major release for Minecraft, the Nether Update.
  • After over six months of development, the Nether Update finally has a proper release date.
  • The Nether Update is a complete overhaul of Minecraft's Hell-like Nether dimension.
  • June 23, 2020 is the release date for all platforms, with both Bedrock and Java Editions.

It's finally here. After over six months of intently watching its wild development cycle, the Nether Update is coming to all platforms, including Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch starting June 23, 2020. This means Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition are getting the update at the same time, guaranteeing that all of us will be able to jump into the newly designed Nether together.

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It's been a fun ride to release day, with Mojang Studios surprising everyone with new features and mobs, and also boring everyone with update after update of just bug fixes (it's okay though, we'll all appreciate it when we're playing). Now we're less than a week away, until everyone moves into the Nether. And everyone also dies repeatedly as well. It's liveable, but barely.

If you're interested, you can check out the Official Nether Update website for more information (but why wouldn't you just get it here?) or take a look at the announcement post that brought us this wonderful news. Now I just have to figure out what to do for the next six days.

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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.