Latest Minecraft Snapshot build crams in features before 1.12 release

Kit McDonald

Minecraft on PC

The next big update for Minecraft on PC is closing in and 1.12 wouldn’t be complete without a few final touches. Announced last month, the World of Color Update is planned to add new colored blocks, parrots, brighter banners, dying options for beds, and more.

This week, Mojang released snapshot 17W16A to fit the last few features in. Here’s what they’ve added:

  • An Illusioner! What are you hiding?!
  • Added tutorial hints, they only show in survival mode & only once
  • Fixed the output log for the server. Sorry about that!
  • Hide all toasts during F1 (hidden UI)
  • Added a message whenever the Narrator isn’t available
  • Added keybinding options for creative toolbar saving
  • Added anti-stick coating to Glazed Terracotta
  • Renamed Hardened Clay to Terracotta
  • Optimized chain command blocks
  • Technical: Improved NBT parsing in commands – please let us know if there’s issues!
  • Technical: Added ‘group’ to recipe json format, to clump similar recipes together
  • Technical: Added new ‘keybind’ text component, to refer to the player’s keybindings
  • Fixed bug MC-9565 – Fences and Cobblestone Walls connect to Fence Gates, which are facing the other direction
  • Fixed bug MC-114889 – Parrots on shoulders disappear when flying up in creative or spectator mode
  • Fixed bug MC-115336 – Closing crafting menu drops or deletes items in some cases
  • Fixed bug MC-115528 – Local client crashes when using the new shift click recipe book in a server
  • Fixed bug MC-115603 – Shift clicking recipe deletes other applicable items with different meta data
  • Fixed bug MC-115797 – Server output shows errors and nothing else
  • Fixed bug MC-115802 – Crash when going to Statistics/items-blocks or trying to customize Superflat settings
  • Fixed bug MC-115805 – Fences/panes/walls/bars/torches connect to a number of non-solid blocks
  • Fixed bug MC-115806 – Clicking on coloring white bed recipe selects creating bed recipe (placing planks in armor slots of player)
  • Fixed bug MC-115807 – Game crash if right clicked on the underside of block with torch in hand
  • Fixed bug MC-115809 – Advancements/recipes notifications don’t show correctly in F1 mode.
  • Fixed bug MC-115812 – Shift + F3 crashes the game
  • Fixed bug MC-115837 – Gap between advancements and recipe toast
  • Fixed bug MC-115873 – Can’t drop items by clicking outside of inventory
  • Fixed bug MC-115938 – Toasts darken in some GUIs and while some tooltips are displayed
  • Fixed bug MC-115942 – Parrots imitating mobs causes null pointer exception
  • Fixed bug MC-116004 – “Parrot” isn’t translatable in the “imitates” subtitle
  • Fixed bug MC-116136 – Parrots are invisible when on shoulder
  • Fixed bug MC-116213 – Parrots on your shoulder change color when the player is wearing an enchanted elytra
  • Fixed bug MC-116314 – Bows destroy other bows while crafting using recipe book
  • Added some new bugs!

Now the team will begin focusing on bug bashing, polishing the new features, and getting update 1.12 ready for full release. Unfortunately, we still don’t know when that will be, but it can’t be too far away now. If you want to try these out ahead of time, go to your Minecraft launcher and enable snapshot builds. Be careful to backup any saves since the beta snapshots can have unwanted effects.