MC-94199 – Realms crash when using arrow keys on advertisement page.
MC-94467 – When closing a world on Realms, the world remains on closing and players could not switch to the same world or another world.
MC-94651 – Ampersand will trim realm name and description.
MC-94820 – Realms: an error occurred (401): invalid session id.
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Despite this version having fewer features and being unsupported (like Java Edition 1.7.10), it is still popular among minigame players and plugin servers, due to a common dislike of 1.9 features such as the Combat Update's changes to PvP, and also the instability on newer versions.
This was the last release to be compatible with a previous server version, until 1.16.5.
This version was released on the same day as 15w50a.
1.8.9 was the last version to be released during the snapshot process of the next major update until 1.16.5.
This is the last version to have the Twitch integration services.
This is also the last version to have the Super Secret Settings option.
1.8.9 has the longest wait for a minor update to Java Edition, with 134 days having elapsed since the release of 1.8.8 on July 28, 2015.