The developers Mojang have confirmed that they are now ready to release the first part of the ambitious Minecraft 1.17 update this week.
And with the release date now safely set, players can count on to download Caves & Cliffs Part 1.
The update will be available for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android and Windows 10 – as well as Java Edition for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Mojang decided to split the Caves update into two parts due to the size of its plans.
As confirmed by Mojang, the first part of the Caves and Cliffs update will feature new mobs, new items like the Amethyst Shar, and new blocks.
This includes the block of copper ore, the first since the nether quartz ore in the 2013 Redstone update.
Copper comes in two varieties – a normal one in stone and a rarer one in deep shale, near the bottom of the world.
Mojang has confirmed that it can be found through mining, with copper ore veins being found at medium depths and not too close to the surface.
Copper does not fall during mining and is supplied in raw copper pieces, each of which can be melted into a copper bar.
WHEN WILL THE MINECRAFT 1.17 UPDATE COME OUT?
The developers Mojang have confirmed that the update for Minecraft 1.17 will be released on Tuesday, June 8th.
They haven’t announced when anything will go live, but the new Minecraft Cave & Cliffs release time is expected to be set around 3:00 p.m. BST.
This is when the latest snapshot patches were released and it seems like a good pattern for Mojang to keep using it.
A message from Mojang reveals more about what’s coming this week: “The good news is that the update also includes the beautiful and completely harmless axolotl!
“Unfortunately they are limited to either water or a bucket, so they cannot participate in my anti-goat crusade.
“But that’s not all – the once Minecraft Earth exclusive mob, the glowing squid, will also grace our oceans!
“While I was Team Mooshroom (another petition to move on), I’m just glad they didn’t reward my kindness with a brutal nudge. Plus, it’s so pretty that it might motivate me to build the huge aquarium I’ve always wanted.
“And what would a Minecraft update be without blocks? There are many of them in this round. Some of them will just show up in the world, while others may be a little more difficult to spot. “
Adds, “There are many different types of copper ores in the real world – from cuprite, which contains 88% copper, to chalcopyrite, which contains only 35% copper. Humans have been mining copper for nearly ten thousand years, with the earliest excavations found in locations in what is now Turkey and Iraq.
“Unlike other ores, like iron, the block itself won’t fall if you mine it (unless you use a silk touch pick). Instead, you are given a few chunks of raw copper, each of which can be melted into a copper bar.
“That’s nice because you get a little more copper for each ore block you find than with iron. Don’t say we’re doing you no good. You can also process the raw copper into raw copper blocks. “