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‘Minecraft’ Your World in Upcoming Mobile AR Game

18 May 2019

It's built on the familiar Bedrock engine so, as Minecraft Earth game director Torfi Olafsson explained to The Verge, "if you like building Redstone machines, or you're used to how the water flows, or how sand falls down, it all works".

Microsoft has announced Minecraft Earth, an AR game where you get to collaborate and create your own structures in real life.

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One thing that was not revealed was the release date of Minecraft Earth, but there is a closed beta players can sign up for. You can craft lovely Minecraft creations in your phone, and harness the power of augmented reality to bring them to life. Niantic, which has a large engineering presence in Bellevue, Wash. "It's not just a geocaching game with 2% of it in AR [ahem]". Additionally, games like Pokemon Go allow you to pay real money to increase your inventory space, but that could open a can of worms in Minecraft, considering the fixed inventory space has been a Minecraft staple for many years. Instead, you'll be heading to "tapables" - small resource piles similar to Pokemon Go's Pokestops. Like Minecraft itself, you could probably spend ages perfecting your house and improving the world around it with this game. What looks like an innocuous patch of grass could be hiding a massive dungeon underneath replete with enemies to defeat. The beta will be available to a limited number of people, but developers Mojang and Microsoft Studios say they still expect there to be "hundreds of thousands of players" at this stage. Rarer blocks can be obtained by taking on Adventures. For that one mischievous player in the group, users can swipe blocks and animals off buildplates and keep them for themselves. It's not quite the same as the game you know from PCs, consoles, smartphones, and tablets, but it does embrace the same core ideas.

Minecraft Earth is a free-to-play title, just like Pokémon Go. Miriam said he and Mojang are still working out the specifics, with a wink and a nod, so perhaps we'll see those hit vanilla Minecraft in the future, too. "Players and parents will be able to use Account Management to adjust safety and privacy settings". We dropped a few chickens and cows into the world, and cackled as they fell into the pit. "It's a journey where we extend your Minecraft experience and make it approachable in a new way that allows everybody to come together". Wow, where has the time gone?

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When a phone logs into the game, in a rural area for example, that will ping the servers to put that location in the queue for additional support. Even if there are no items or experiences placed near where that phone logged in, the game will spin them up quickly so the player can participate. Again, this is in terms of copies sold, not revenue or profit made.

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‘Minecraft’ Your World in Upcoming Mobile AR Game