Microsoft has announced Minecraft Earth, a new Minecraft mobile game. Minecraft Earth uses enhanced reality to bring Minecraft to the real world. The game will not be released later this year, but you can sign up now for beta.
What is Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth is a new mobile game that is free to play enlarged reality. It will be released on Android and iOS by the end of 2019, with the final release date not yet verified. However, there will be limited beta this summer.
If you're not familiar with magnified realityThat's the driven Pokemon GO. Increased reality essentially places a virtual world on top of the real world, so when you look through the phone's camera, you see things that aren't really there.
When it comes to Minecraft Earth, it means you see the elements you are familiar with from the existing game in the world. It becomes pixelated grass and blocked trees, all designed to interfere with the actual environment you live on.
You can find Tappables, which you can tap for resources. You will find Adventures, which are mini games that use the phone as a window in this virtual Minecraft world. There will also be mobs of animals such as pigs and chickens, just as in the main game.
Potentially, the largest and best part of Minecraft is Earth Build Plates. You throw one down to make a plot, and you can then build everything you want on it. And when it's clear you can blow it up full-scale and literally walk around it.
How can I play Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth will be released on Android and iOS later this year. But if you are eager to get involved before someone else, sign up for the limited beta this summer. Just sign up for Minecraft.net/earth for a chance to participate.
Even in this early stage, with details that are thin on the ground, it is clear that Minecraft Earth is more ambitious than previously reinforced reality bets such as Pokemon GO. And if Microsoft can pull this off, Minecraft Earth can be a game everyone wants to play.
Minecraft Earth represents Microsoft looking forward to the future of the franchise. However, you can now play Minecraft Classic for free in your browserthat gives you the opportunity to look back at Minecraft's early days before it became the phenomenon it is today.
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