FIRST RELEASE CANDIDATE FOR MINECRAFT 1.20.3
A Minecraft Java Release Candidate
For 1.20.3, we are currently making available the first (and presumably last) release candidate. There won’t be any more changes made for the complete release, which is scheduled for next week unless anything urgent comes up.
Cheers to mining!
FIXED BUGS IN 1.20.3 RELEASE CANDIDATE 1
MC-266537 – Difference in the explosion packet’s read/write logic
GET THE CANDIDATE FOR RELEASE
There are release candidates for Java Edition of Minecraft available. Launch the Minecraft Launcher, select the “Installations” tab, then turn on snapshots to install the Release Candidate.
Please backup your worlds or run testing versions in a different folder from your primary worlds to avoid corrupting them.
THE FINAL PATCH NOTE IN MINECRAFT 1.20.3 RELEASE CANDIDATE 1
If Minecraft fans expect the first (and possibly last) Release Candidate for the 1.20.3 update to carry any surprises, they’re likely to be a bit disappointed.
There’s only one change made in this experimental snapshot, thus it’s unlikely that players would notice any significant difference in gameplay. In other words, except for a minor technical adjustment made to explosions, not much is visible.
According to Mojang, the only patch note for 1.20.3 Release Candidate 1 is as follows:
That’s the only thing about it. Players who aren’t too involved in the inner workings of their server are unlikely to notice any changes at all because packets are managed by the online server protocols of Minecraft.
This isn’t necessarily a negative thing, though, as at this stage of the 1.20.3 update’s development cycle, Mojang appears to have fixed the majority of significant bugs and gameplay concerns.
As said before, Mojang did state that the studio would have to provide a second release candidate if there were any significant issues before the 1.20.3 update was made available the following week. Although it is uncertain if this would cause the 1.20.3 release date to slip, it probably wouldn’t be by much. The upcoming Minecraft update seems to be ready to go for the most part.
It should be noted that not all bugs and performance issues were fixed in the recent round of Java Edition snapshots and pre-releases; more are probably going to surface following the release of the 1.20.3 update. Nevertheless, as the update appears to be in a decent and stable stage ahead of its release date, Mojang should be able to manage this with ease by using follow-up patches and hotfixes when needed.
In any event, even if 1.20.3 Release Candidate 1 won’t excite players with brand-new features or customizations, it may guarantee that they won’t encounter too many problems when they launch the update at the beginning of December 2023.