After announcing the announcement during the Build 2019 keynote, Microsoft has officially announced Minecraft Earth, a new augmented reality (AR) game in the style of Pokemon Go for iOS and Android devices.
The announcement was made today – on the 10th anniversary of the game – and Microsoft says Minecraft Earth will go into beta this summer (June – August) with pre-registration now available on the Minecraft Earth website.
What makes Minecraft Earth different from other AR games such as Pokemon Go or Harry Potter Wizards Unite is that instead of collecting or fighting iconic monsters, Minecraft Earth places a heavy emphasis on collaborative building – that's the thing that makes Minecraft so famous has made in the first place.
According to early details about the game, players collect resources as they walk through their neighborhoods, which can then be used in small-scale construction projects with friends or life-size partnerships with someone else in your area.
Although the basis of the game seems to be around the construction aspect, there will also be a survival aspect in the game where you have to fend off creeps, and a cultivation system where mobs (Minecrafts term for animals) can be crossed to create new creatures for your public or private creations.
Minecraft Earth will be free to play and, according to the concise FAQ, Microsoft is not going to implement any kind of loot box system for the game – although we expect that there will be some form of micro-transaction someday . View the first trailer for the game below.
- Shall we see Minecraft Earth on E3 2019? Time will tell…