Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020

Minecraft Developer Says No Colored Lights In Caves And Cliffs Update

After the 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update was announced during the Minecraft Live event at the beginning of the month, Minecraft’s fans were consumed by what could possibly be coming in the update. There were even thoughts that the update could bring colored lights to the game—a feature that many Minecrafters have been hoping for. However, during a live stream, one developer dashed the hopes of thousands and said that no colored lights would be coming in the Caves and Cliffs update.

The 1.17 update to Minecraft is set to be one of the biggest ever. It will be introducing copper ore, mesh caves, and new redstone mechanics—among many, many other things. We even saw that candles will be coming to Minecraft with 1.17, which sparked the imagination and led some to believe that colored lights might also be added.

One of Minecraft’s developers, Ulraf, hosted a live stream event with prominent Minecraft YouTubers to discuss possibilities for 1.17. One of those YouTubers—Cubfan135—suggested that the new crystals could be used to change the color of light sources in the game. However, Ulraf said that—while they know that many people want colored light blocks—colored light sources probably won’t be added in the 1.17 update.

Ulraf explained that “light is one of the most complicated and intensive things in the game.” One example that he gave was that light sources cause “so much lag on the game already,” implying that the development team is having a hard time creating colored lights that don’t slow down gameplay. Ulraf did seem to insinuate, however, that colored lights are something that the developers are looking at implementing later on down the road by saying, “it’s probably not going to happen, eh, probably; not, for this update.”

Without dissecting the inflection and tone of Ulraf’s voice in that singular line, we have to assume—based on what he actually said—that there will be no colored lights in the 1.17 update to Minecraft. It’s an unfortunate announcement, but there are plenty of other things that are included in the 1.17 update that fans have wanted for years – including some that you may not have thought of.

The update drops Summer 2021.

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