A few hours ago we told you that Minecraft Earth has finally closed its doors. The augmented reality experience is no longer available and all its user data will be erased on July 1. On the other hand, the original Minecraft continues to receive updates and the pre-releases of them, like the one announced today.
Patch 1.17.1 pre-release 3 fixes a number of bugs that were spotted by players. For instance, Axolotl, the aquatic passive mobs that live in water in total darkness, had some annoying problems: they always tried to leave the water when captured, and they were also despawning -- even when being named. Thankfully, this is no longer an issue for the creature introduced back in 2020.
Another bug is related to piglins and piglin brutes. These neutral mobs made their debut in Minecraft in March, 2020. They are classified as “neutral” because they won’t attack players as long as they are wearing a piece of golden armor. The problem with these characters is that sometimes they won’t call other allies when hit from behind walls, an action that shouldn’t happen. However, this has been fixed with the recent update.
Other smaller fixes have to do with light tickets released too early, small dripleafs losing half of its water, chunks not loading on a server and a warning regarding the ability to create jar-filesystem.
In order to download this new pre-release, you need to open the Minecraft Launcher, go to “Installations” and enable the “snapshots” option. However, it’s worth mentioning that anyone who tries to download this or any other pre-release should make a backup first. This kind of update has the chance of corrupting your world, so please proceed with caution.
For more information about Patch 1.17.1 pre-release 3 and the previous releases, please visit the official site.
Released two years ago, Minecraft Earth has been shut down today. According to the developers, the reason behind its ending has to do with the difficulties of keeping the game interesting during the pandemic.