The 1.9 Pre-Release v4 is out right now! You can get your copy to install and test right here, and server hosters can get the new server .jar right here! Be sure to check out the massive list of updates - we will be posting news on them as they occur! Jeb did specifically mention that dragons are not available yet; keep an eye out for these, coming soon!
The game comes out in November, they are doing buggy content pushing through pre releases, and stabilized beta's.
This actually would have been a better system from the start for keeps those texture artists on top, instead of getting swamped at a new release. And modders wouldn't have had to worry about mods breaking when a **** bug fix update came out.
Why am i even bothering tho on the internet someone is always around to complain.