Pre-release Time! What's New in Minecraft 1.20 Pre-Release 1

The first pre-release of Minecraft 1.20: The Trails and Tales update is here! At this stage, you can expect the developers to focus on bug fixes, with occasional updates that do not adhere to the regular Wednesday snapshot schedule. Here's a rundown of what's new and what's fixed in 1.20 Pre-Release 1.

Changes and Technical Updates

One significant change in the gameplay is the ability to dye Colored Wool, Carpets, and Beds to any color of your choice. This update opens up new possibilities for in-game customization and creativity.

On the technical side, two new damage types have been introduced: outside_border and generic_kill. Players outside the world border will now be hurt by the outside_border damage, and forcibly removing an entity using commands like /kill will use the generic_kill damage type.

The encoding for files has also been updated, and these files are now read initially in UTF-8, with previous encoding (ISO 8859-1/Latin 1) as a fallback. They are also now written with UTF-8 encoding.

Loot Table Random Sequences

The game now uses named random sequences to produce loot for loot tables deterministically. Each random sequence produces a unique sequence based on the world seed and sequence ID, leading to consistent loot table results in the same world when ran with the same parameters.

Bug Fixes

This pre-release addresses a wide array of bugs, from issues with entering spectator mode and nether portal animations to language inconsistencies and missing music composers in the credits. Significant fixes also include preventing the Ender Dragon from not spawning when placing an end crystal upon entering The End, and addressing a deadlock caused by supporting block checks during world generation.

The Minecraft community's feedback, bug reports, and creative ideas have been integral to these updates. This pre-release is another step towards the final release of The Trails and Tales update, promising a refined and enhanced Minecraft experience. Keep an eye out for the next pre-release and happy mining!