Experimental Gameplay

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition. 
The disclaimer that appears when toggling Experimental Gameplay in a world.

Experimental Gameplay is a game option exclusive to Bedrock Edition. When enabled, it allows players to test some unfinished or work-in-progress features that would eventually be released in future updates.

Toggling[edit]

Experimental Gameplay is found in the world options when creating a world. Turning the option on does not disable achievements, however it can't be disabled after the world is created. Enabling it on an already existing world creates a copy called "[EX] World Name". The original world without experimental gameplay can still be played, although progress does not transfer through the two worlds.

Features[edit]

The point of Experimental Gameplay is for the player to look at some not-quite-finished features. There are 6 different toggles of Experimental Gameplay. These are:

  • "Holiday Creator Features"
  • "Creation of Custom Biomes"
  • "Additional Modding Capabilities"
  • "Caves and Cliffs"
  • "Upcoming Creator Features"
  • "Enable GameTest Framework”

As of Bedrock Edition beta 1.16.230.56, the following features are behind the "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in Experimental Gameplay:

Blocks
Items
Mobs
World Generation
  • New cave generation
    • Consists of the noise caves such as "spaghetti" and "cheese" caves, and aquifers.
  • New ore distribution
  • Mountains sub-type biomes
    • Consists of: Lofty Peaks, Snow Capped Peaks, Snowy Slopes, Mountain Grove, and Mountain Meadow
  • Increased height limits to 384 blocks
  • Lush Caves and Dripstone Caves
    • This biome are only accessible via add-ons.
  • Dripstone and dripstone clusters generated rarely in regular caves.

History[edit]

Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Added the experimental gameplay option.
Turning on the experimental gameplay option gives the player access to the following features: stripped wood, prismarine stairs and slabs, tridents, drowned and new swimming animations.
beta 1.2.20.1Added nautilus shells, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseAll above features, except for drowned and nautilus shells, are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.0Drowned and nautilus shells are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.7.0beta 1.7.0.2Added the scoreboard command and basic scoreboards, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.7.0.7Scoreboards are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.10Added crossbows and their enchantments, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Added pillagers and bamboo jungles, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.9.0.2Added many new job site blocks, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
beta 1.9.0.3Added Minecraft script engine, available only through experimental gameplay.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added composters, campfires, a new stonecutter block, sweet berries, ravagers, wandering traders, pillager outposts, new village structures, villager_v2, and zombie_villager_v2, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
Crossbows, pillagers, lanterns, and entity scripting function are no longer only available behind experimental gameplay.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added raid captains, raids, the Bad Omen status effect and the Hero of the Village status effect, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
Bamboo jungles are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.11.0.3Fletching tables, smithing tables, sweet berries, ravagers, the new villagers, pillager outposts, new zombie villagers and the new villages are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.11.0.4Wandering traders are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRaid captains, raids, the Bad Omen status effect and the Hero of the Village status effect are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added save and load mode for structure blocks, which are available only through experimental gameplay.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Added targets, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.0.57Targets, Structure Voids and Structure Block functionality are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
Added Lodestones, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.0.63Lodestones functionality are no longer available only behind experimental gameplay.
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.55Experimental Gameplay toggle has been revamped and expanded.
Added "Custom Biome Add-Ons", "Experimental Scripting Add-Ons", "Experimental Molang Features", and "Next Gameplay Update" toggle.
beta 1.16.100.56Added "Experimental Add-On Features" toggle.
beta 1.16.100.57Added "Holiday Creator Features" toggle.
"Experimental Scripting Add-Ons", "Experimental Molang Features", and "Experimental Add-On Features" toggle are merged into "Additional Modding Capabilities" toggle.
Changed "Custom Biome Add-Ons" toggle name to "Creation of Custom Biomes".
Removed "Next Gameplay Update" toggle in preparation for "Caves and Cliffs" toggle.
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Added "Caves and Cliffs" toggle.
Added goats, goat horns and powder snow, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
Goats, goat horns and powder snow have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.53Added powder snow buckets, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.56Added pointed dripstone and sculk sensor, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.57Added all copper block variants, copper ingot, copper ore, and lightning rod, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.59Added glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.210.60Removed glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids temporarily.
Added GameTest framework to the experimental gameplay, by enabling "Enable GameTest Framework” toggle to test the new GameTest automation tool.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
All Caves and Cliffs content was removed in the full release.
1.16.220beta 1.16.220.50Added the new mountain biomes: Lofty Peaks, Snow Capped Peaks, Snowy Slopes, Mountain Grove, and Mountain Meadow behind experimental gameplay.
Increased height limits to 320 blocks behind experimental gameplay.
Re-added glow ink sacs, glow item frames and glow squids.
Added dripstone blocks, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
Changed and updated the textures of the ores behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.220.52Added azaleas, azalea leaves, big dripleaves, cave vines, hanging roots, moss blocks, moss carpets, rooted dirt, small dripleaf and spore blossom, which are available only behind experimental gameplay.
Added glow berries, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Extended the build limit to 64 blocks down, to a total range of 384 blocks behind experimental gameplay.
releaseRemoved "Caves and Cliffs" toggle in the full release.
All Caves and Cliffs content was removed in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta 1.16.230.50Added glow lichen, which is available only behind experimental gameplay.
beta 1.16.230.52Added axolotls and deepslate and its variants, which are only available behind experimental gameplay.
Added "Upcoming Creator Features" Toggle.
beta 1.16.230.56Revamped cave generation by adding cheese caves, spaghetti caves, and flooded aquifer caves behind experimental gameplay.