Not too long ago, Microsoft demoed an AR-based Minecraft game for mobile devices. Pokémon Go was a revolutionary step forward for AR gaming and although millions are still playing today, its impact somehow felt limited.
The jump to AR could mean big things for Minecraft, a game that's already popular beyond belief.
Microsoft has announced its own AR mobile title: Minecraft Earth.
While the foundation of the game seems to be set around the construction aspect, there will also be a survival aspect to the game where you have to fend off creeps, and a cultivation system where mobs (Minecraft's term for animals) can be crossbred to create new creatures for either your public or private creations. According to the Minecraft Earth website, you'll be able to build structures with other players and place them in the real world at life-size. But the real draw of Minecraft Earth is the creative element, which is made possible through Build Plates.
The company teased the free-to-play game, "Minecraft Earth", at the end of CEO Satya Nadella's keynote at the Build Developers conference in Seattle last week.
You will be able to take your skins from the Bedrock version of the game into Minecraft Earth, but beyond that, not a whole lot of cross-game integration is planned as of yet. As you explore, you'll also run into Adventures, which act like mini-encounters with a group of hostile creatures or a breakable bit of environment.
Minecraft Earth isn't launching broadly anytime soon, though.
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As reported by The Verge, "We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft", explains Torfi Olafsson (game director).
Minecraft Earth will hit closed beta in a few cities over the summer, mostly in the United States, before rolling out across the entire world.