Pokémon Go-like Minecraft Earth game announced, closed beta launching this summer

Joanna Estrada
May 18, 2019

Minecraft also wants to avoid the problem a lot of augmented reality games face: an unequal playing field for areas with lower population.

Marking its 10 year anniversary, Minecraft is going mobile with an augmented reality version. Not only will you see Minecraft collectibles and creatures out in the real world - you'll be able to build structures in the app and view them in life-size scale. It spawned a spin-off narrative adventure game with Minecraft: Story Mode, an upcoming movie, a modding community for the base game that makes some insane stuff, and the studio that developed it was purchased by Microsoft.

Minecraft is a legendary crafting survival game from Mojang and Microsoft, where players can build literally anything they can imagine. Minecraft already has 91 million active players, a number which is likely to grow as Earth goes live. 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". Players will be able to construct builds on their living room tables either alone or in collaboration with others, then go and place them full-size in the outside world when they're ready.

Minecraft is taking a step into the real world later in 2019, and it's looking to examples like Pokémon Go for inspiration. All it takes is you, your phone, and your imagination.

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Below you can check out the reveal trailer for Minecraft Earth to get a better idea as to how this game will work.

Players will be able to scratch that Pokémon Go itch by collecting, raising, and breeding mobs of your own. "We've actually taken maps of the entire world and converted them to Minecraft.". You'll be using the camera more, is what I'm saying.

Wait, what? You read it right. Microsoft expect to welcome "hundreds of thousands of players" this summer, and we should get more information about the new AR game in the coming weeks.

While we don't have details just yet, it's pretty easy to speculate how monetization could work in Minecraft Earth.

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