A list of new blocks and items added for each Minecraft version. Some versions have added a lot of content blocks and items, while others focus on more technical updates. Typically there is an update every year, except 2015 when there was no release. Recently updates are focusing on annual content releases.
|1.17||82||Caves and Cliffs (In development) See 82 Blocks/Items|
|2020 Jun||1.16||97||Nether Update See 97 Blocks/Items|
|2019 Dec||1.15||7||Buzzy Bees See 7 Blocks/Items|
|2019 Apr||1.14||88||Villagers and Pillagers See 88 Blocks/Items|
|2018 Jul||1.13||112||Update Aquatic See 112 Blocks/Items|
|2017 Jun||1.12||50||World of Color Update See 50 Blocks/Items|
|2016 Nov||1.11||33||Exploration Update See 33 Blocks/Items|
|2016 Jun||1.10||6||Frostburn Update See 6 Blocks/Items|
|2016 Feb||1.9||35||Combat Update See 35 Blocks/Items|
|2014 Sep||1.8||57||Bountiful Update See 57 Blocks/Items|
|2013 Oct||1.7||76||The Update that Changed the World See 76 Blocks/Items|
|2013 Jul||1.6||41||Horse Update See 41 Blocks/Items|
|2013 Mar||1.5||20||Redstone Update See 20 Blocks/Items|
|2012 Oct||1.4||26||Pretty Scary Update See 26 Blocks/Items|
|2012 Aug||1.3||24||Update See 24 Blocks/Items|
|2012 Apr||1.2||6||Update See 6 Blocks/Items|
|2012 Jan||1.1||20||Update See 20 Blocks/Items|
|2011 Nov||1.0||302||Released See 302 Blocks/Items|
Recent updates seem to be primarily focusing on content updates affecting a particular areas (biomes), or theme. These updates have added on average 100 blocks and items (with exception of the Buzzy Bee update that focused on performance issues).
Minecraft versions add new blocks, items, mobs, biomes, structures and game mechanics. There have been no new dimensions added to the game since the games version 1.0 release. Very few things have been removed during updates, with notable exception to the original Pigman which was removed in the 1.16 Nether update and replaced with Piglins.