Minecraft's long-awaited Update Aquatic has finally surfaced, and is now available on Xbox One, Windows 10, Gear VR and Oculus, mixed reality devices, and mobile.

Update Aquatic, as its name suggests, is designed to add more life to Minecraft's oceans. It's a major update too - so big, in fact, that developer Mojang has elected to release it in two parts. The first is out now, while phase two is "coming soon".

Once the new patch is installed, Minecraft players on supported platforms will be able to enjoy a wide selection of new fish and other water-dwelling creatures, including salmon, cod, pufferfish, tropical fish, and dolphins - the latter of which will follow boats across the ocean.

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Elsewhere beneath the waves, you'll find the likes of coral reefs, kelp, underwater ravines and caves, sea grass, shipwrecks, treasure chests, ruins, and more. Additionally, there are nine distinct new ocean biomes: frozen, deep frozen, cold, deep cold, lukewarm, deep lukewarm, normal, deep normal, and warm. Icebergs and blue ice are now found in chillier climes.

A somewhat more exhaustive list of Update Aquatic's new additions, including improved boat control, is located over on Mojang's announcement post.

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Minecraft's Update Aquatic will launch on Switch on June 21st, alongside the console's new-fangled Bedrock Edition, but will not be coming to either Switch or Xbox One's older, pre-Better Together versions. The update is also due on Minecraft's Java version "very soon" and will arrive on PS4,Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita, at a currently unspecified future date.

Update Aquatic will be the last major content drop for older platforms.

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