Read on to find out what we did in March, and what our tentative plans are going into April.

Focal Engine, Continuum 2.1 Build 13 and Continuum RT

Unfortunately, Build 13 of Continuum 2.1 is still not quite ready to release; though currently almost all of the issues blocking a release stem from bugs or work left to do on Focal Engine.

We’ve been steadily working through all the roadblocks in our way, including a rather large and annoying issue with Focal that would cause numerous rendering errors when the game window was resized (such as completely breaking specular), but here’s what is left:

  • Update the 1.17 version of Focal to use a newer, non preview version of Optifine (should be fairly easy thankfully)
  • Finish 1.18 version of Focal
  • Further testing and finalizing AMD support for the latest version of Focal/2.1 (there have been some AMD compat issues that have cropped up already)
  • Updates to RT to ensure compatibility with these new versions of Focal and Minecraft (it currently does not like 1.17)

Some of these issues are trivial and will not take long to accomplish, others will require more time and have the potential to dredge up more bugs. Hopefully this is the final push though.

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We continued adding more Deepslate variants this month, so much so that you could probably easily call this the ‘Deepslate Update’, though we did also go back and touch up a fair amount of our previously added textures as well.

Per usual, you can find the full details about all of these changes, and some screenshots below.

Stratum Build 24 Changelog


  • Cobbled Deepslate
  • Cobbled Deepslate Stairs
  • Cobbled Deepslate Slabs
  • Deepslate Bricks
  • Deepslate Brick Stairs
  • Deepslate Brick Slabs
  • Cracked Deepslate Bricks
  • Deepslate Tiles
  • Deepslate Tile Stairs
  • Deepslate Tile Slabs
  • Cracked Deepslate Tiles


  • Added AO and fixed edge heightmap issues on ~10 blocks, including Bedrock, Bricks, End Stone Bricks, End Stone, Smooth Stone/Slab, Snow, Mob Spawner and Stone Slab
  • Improved some overly dark spots on Coarse Dirt

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Again, thank you all for your patience and support. See you again next month!