Minecraft is in for big changes. The expansive sandbox's world generation will never be the same again.
Caves are going to be totally redesigned, now massive and spanning much further into the depths. Some caves will be filled to the brim with water, others will be adorned with shrubbery and vines. It's not just the undergroud that's in for an update though. Mountains will now tower high into the sky, higher than ever. Not to mention the tens of new blocks, ores, and other tidbits to collect.
This update is so big and ambitious that Mojang has to split it in two. The first half of the Caves & Cliffs update went live back in June of this year and introduced a few features, like the new goat and axolotl mobs. Since then, Minecraft fans have simply had to eagerly anticipate the second part of the update — Mojang having only given a vague "later this year" statement.
Finally, we now know when "The Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II" will debut. The second and even larger part of the massive overhaul to Minecraft will go live later this month on November 30th; just eleven days from now. While the major changes will be included in the update, some have unfortunately been put on hold such as archaeology and bundles — as Mojang outlined in a statement:
You may have noticed that a few items were missing from the list of new stuff, namely archeology, bundles, and goat horns. This was not just because I couldn't come up with something quippy to write about them, because I totally could. Archeology? I can dig it! See? Gold. No, these features have been put on hold. They have not been cancelled, we just had to put them on the backburner for now. While they won't be in the Wild Update, they are going to come to Minecraft in the future when we're able to add them in the best possible way.
The Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II will be available for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Windows 11 – and Java Edition on Windows, macOS, and Linux.