Change of plan with the pre-release! We fixed some big bugs, namely large render distances now actually work (best seen on Singleplayer). Today we're giving out a new snapshot to test this and other things, and if all goes well we'll pre-release tomorrow (Friday!)
To get snapshots, 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.
Server cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w49a/minecraft_server.13w49a.jar
Report bugs here:
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