The next Minecraft major update, Caves & Cliffs, promises to be rather big, introducing lots of new features, but it seems like it has proven to be too big to be released all at once.
In a new video message shared by the development team, it has been confirmed that the Caves & Cliffs update will be released in two different parts. The first part of the update will be released this Summer, and it will focus on mobs, items and new blocks. The second part will be released later this year.
The first part of the Caves & Cliffs Update will focus on some cute and fun mobs, cool items, and new blocks such as: Goat, Axolotl, Crystals + Spyglass + Geodes + Tinted Glass, Copper + Lightning Rod, Glow Squid + Glow Ink, Powder Snow, Lush Cave Blocks, Dripstone Cave Blocks, Deepslate + Ore Variants, Glow Lichen, and Multiplayer Sleeping Rule (Java only)
The additional development time for the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs update is not only needed to ensure the team’s health, but also due to the scope of the update. As it changed the way the world in Minecraft is generated, more development time is needed to make sure everything works properly.
More information on the Minecraft Caves & Cliffs update can be found on the game’s official website.