Just this morning, a new video was released on Minecraft’s official YouTube channel, describing more information about Part I and Part II Caves and Rocks, in particular about the separation.
Agnes (vanilla director of Minecraft) and Alex (producer of the gameplay) lead observers through various questions and provide their own answers, while giving fans a glimpse into the future of Minecraft.
Minecraft 1.17 Caves and Rocks: When are the two split updates coming out?
When is Part I updated and when is Part II updated?
Part I of the Update of Caves and Rocks will be released early next week, on June 8. However, Part II will be released at the end of 2021
Why not just release everything in the Part II update?
Alex explains that putting them in separate parts will allow them to focus on specific subsets of features that are released in each update. He then mentions that it is ideal to release them individually so that they can receive updates as soon as possible and receive as many reviews as possible.
What is your favorite feature in Part I?
Agnes mentions that her favorite trait should be copper. She explains that when she plays Minecraft, she likes to make up stories about her Minecraft world, and copper helps to incorporate things into those stories by adding a story to everything. With the use of copper and how it oxidizes over time, it can add a fun historical element to any Minecraft world.
Alex mentions that his favorite trait is powdery snow, especially because one of his real hobbies is skiing and hiking. The addition of powdery snow brings the element of mountaineering to Minecraft and he is very excited about it.
How will the Part I and Part II version numbers work?
Part I of the update is 1.17 and Part II of the update will be 1.18. They decided to make both updates with major issue numbers, due to the fact that each update comes with many different things and each is large enough to be considered a major update alone.
How will the biomes in part II work, will there be 3D biomes?
There will be 3D biomes in Part II, and an excellent example of the mentioned 3D biomes is the Lush Caves biome. This is because with Lush Caves, they can have a specific underground biome (Lush Caves), while having a completely different biome at the top in Overworld.
How does the mountain generation work in Part II?
The generation of mountains will eventually work as another sequel to the generation of terrain that Minecraft currently has. They explain that there are usually two types of mountains: hilly and steep. Adding different types of mountains is an adventure, and Alex says he used his own experience in mountain climbing to design the types of mountains that will be added to the update.
With Caves & Cliffs feeling like Minecraft is getting smaller and less simple, is this a conscious decision?
Agnes explains that tons of new features and elements are being added, so it may seem that Minecraft is becoming less and less simplistic, but they believe they have managed to preserve the simple beauty of Minecraft, which is very important.
What are the goals for the world generation in Part II?
The main goal of the world generation is to make this generation of terrain coincide with the previous generation of terrain, almost to look as if nothing has changed.
What will the boundaries of all worlds look like when upgraded to the new world generation of Part II?
When users updated their Part I to Part II, Mojang made sure existing players mingled with the Part II generation. When updated to Part II, the new patch will not change anything in the pieces that the player has already visited and upgraded, although things may change to pieces that the player has seen but not yet visited.
Will digging branches still be feasible?
Extracting branches will be feasible, as Mojang has set itself the goal of keeping it feasible from the start. However, they mention that they have tried to make the new strategies work without canceling the old strategies.
Will the division of Caves & Cliffs affect future content?
Currently, the main goal is to run both parts of the good quality updates. However, they have future plans for Minecraft, which will be announced on Minecraft Live 2021.
Will I run Part I on all platforms at once?
Part I will be released on all platforms on the same date, so players won’t have to worry about it.