Minecraft developer Mojang has announced a new patch coming to the popular sandbox game. Dubbed version 1.9, the update will fix bugs, improve the durability of shields, and change some crystals in the end to be protected by cages again. It also says they added “34.7% more hype for Minecraft 1.9.” 

The official release for 1.9 will be on February 25, 2016, but the pre-release is available now for download. Mojang said that the pre-release could corrupt the player’s world so it’s suggested to back-up the game and/or run it from a different folder.

“To get snapshots (or, in this case, the pre-release),” the developer said, “Open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).”

The full list of early patch notes can be seen below.

Bugs fixed in 1.9-pre2:

  • [Bug MC-35127] – Wrong NBT TAG Type for fallTime in FallingSand Entities
  • [Bug MC-35714] – Sounds loop/restart when exiting screens
  • [Bug MC-89928] – Portals not placing the player at correct coordinates
  • [Bug MC-90101] – Mob Spawner is overwriting (ignoring?) Pos[x,y,z] data of entity
  • [Bug MC-91290] – Skeletons with no AI spawning naturally
  • [Bug MC-95538] – /playsound command doesn’t work with selectors not resolving to exactly one entity

Notable changes:

  • Bugs fixed
  • Increased durability of shields
  • Some crystals in the end are protected by cages again
  • Added 34.7% more hype for Minecraft 1.9

Bugs fixed:

  • [Bug MC-96863] – Marker ArmorStand Should Not Have Passenger Offset
  • [Bug MC-97217] – Weird placement of player while riding an entity after swimming with elytra
  • [Bug MC-97235] – Resource pack in minecraft world save file not working
  • [Bug MC-97251] – Rail Duplication Glitch

Source: Mojang, via EGM.