Microsoft announces Minecraft Earth, an AR game set in the real world

Minecraft Earth

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft teased a Minecraft AR mobile game during their Build 2019 keynote.

The jump to AR could mean big things for Minecraft, a game that's already popular beyond belief.

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With Minecraft Earth, you'll be able to create, explore, collect, collaborate and survive like never before. Much like Pokemon Go, Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game that sees you finding objects scattered throughout the real world. In fact, that figure of 176 million sold is likely enough to make Minecraft the best-selling video game of all time.

Minecraft is a legendary crafting survival game from Mojang and Microsoft, where players can build literally anything they can imagine. Microsoft isn't yet talking about how players will be invited to spend money, beyond asserting up front that there won't be "loot boxes". As you find blocks and other items in the world, you'll then be able to do, what else, but build objects. And the popularity of Pokémon Go showed the demand is there. As you take on Adventures, you'll gain experience to progress in your career. Essentially, we're being offered the Minecraft version of your location, be that at home, school, or wherever you choose to frequent. "We have to figure out how to expand the Minecraft universe, and that's how we landed on Minecraft Earth".

"You can run Minecraft Classic in your browser and you'll soon see why", Mojang's Tom Stone wrote in a release. If you're the parent of an Xbox Live child account, you will be able to use elevated privacy controls to protect youngsters.

Minecraft Earth will be free to play, with a closed beta kicking off this summer on iOS and Android AR-capable devices.

As reported by The Verge, "We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft", explains Torfi Olafsson (game director).

Also... it's been 10 years since Minecraft came out? There are no fixed timeframes as of writing as to when you can expect to get your hands on Minecraft Earth's virtual pickaxes, but we shouldn't be waiting too long.

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