It is believed that Minecraft will never stop updating its software, seeing as the updates have been ongoing for the past 10 years, with no signs of stopping.
Questions on whether Minecraft will ever stop updating have been ongoing since as early as the formation of the Minecraft community forum. This is as the players at the time were seeking answers as to whether or not there will ever be a final mission or sequel to Minecraft. Considering that it has been over 10 years since the popularity of the game and multiple updates since, Minecraft still shows no signs of stopping the introduction of new features and play, hence the consensus is that the game will not stop.
The game’s seemingly indefinite run is attributed to the fact that it does not have a final mission, nor does it show any signs that it will provide a final mission in the future. However, this is not unique to Minecraft. There are other games that have had a similar trajectory, where the world of the game continues to grow and evolve, inviting new players to the world of the game. These include games like Counter Strike. Despite the publisher going out of business, these games still live on.
How many versions of Minecraft are there?
The Java Edition of Minecraft has been in constant development since May 2009. Before that, there were the early unreleased versions of Minecraft which were known as the pre-Classic, meaning that the Java Edition of the game is referred to as the Classic. The Classic version of the game lasted from mid-may to November 2009, before the introduction of the Indev, which is the abbreviation for “indefinite development.” The Indev would last from November 2009 until February 2010.
Following the end of the Indev, the Alpha edition was introduced in June 2010 and was later phased out in December 2010. Considered as one of the longest running versions, Beta lasted from December 2010 until November 2011. The current version is the November 2011 released Minecraft (Java Edition), which was released at MINECON in 2011. Since then, this version has been updating with the current version released being 1.17.11.
Java Edition has been in constant development since mid-May 2009. What is now known as pre-Classic, refers to the early unreleased versions of Minecraft during the week from May 10 to May 16, 2009. The next phase, which was later called Classic, lasted from May 17 to November 10, 2009. Indev, short for “in development”, lasted from December 23, 2009, to February 23, 2010. Infdev, short for “infinite development”, lasted from February 27 to June 30, 2010. Alpha lasted from June 30 to December 3, 2010, and Beta lasted from December 20, 2010, all the way to November 11, 2011. The official release of Minecraft (Java Edition) came out in November 18, 2011, at MINECON 2011, and further updates have been released ever since, the most recent update being update 1.17.11.
What to know about update 1.17.11
Ahead of the introduction of the 1.17.11 update in August 2021, the first interpretation of this version was the 1.17 version which was introduced in November 2020. Thereafter, version 1.17.1 was released in June 2021. The version is the first part of the Caves and Cliffs. The first part of the version introduced new types of the world generation. The 1.17 version has been plagued with critique, which includes the matter of bugs, the occurrence of glitches and calls for the refinement of the Creepers.
Hence the version 1.17.11 was seemingly aimed at addressing the aforementioned, before introducing version 1.18. Version 1.18, which is part two of the Cliffs and Caves, known as Bedrock, was released in November 2021. The second part of the Cliffs and Caves allows players to explore taller mountains, larger caves and the introduction of the eighth new biomes. Namely, including Dripstone Cave, Lush Caves, Grove, Meadow, Lofty Peaks, Snowcapped Peaks, Snowy Slopes, and the entirely new introduction of the Noise caves and aquifers.
As players get accustomed to version 1.18, Minecraft is already working on version 1.19, which is set to be an update of The Wilds. While there has not been a confirmed date for the arrival of the new version, insiders have projected an April 2022 release date for this version. It is believed that the update will introduce several new biomes, and include the addition of new underground cities and Mangrove swamps.