Affects Version/s: 1.6.76 (java)
Fix Version/s: None
It appears the launcher does not replace outdated version json files. In particular when 17w43b came out the version file did not have the correct format, arguments in the arguments key did not contain value keys and therefore could not be deserialized.
If the launcher had already downloaded this incorrect file it would not replace it with the new one. However, launching would work because it downloaded the version file again.
- Place the attached file 17w43b.json in the .minecraft\versions\17w43b folder
- Open the launcher
→ You should see an "Couldn't load local version" error
- Close the launcher and open it again
→ The error still appears
Currently tracked here since selectable launcher versions here in Mojira are not always up to date