'Minecraft Earth' puts a 'Pokémon Go' spin on the blocky building game

Alfred Osborne
May 18, 2019

For example, you won't be able to start hammering away at a real-life in order to collect wood. No loot boxes, no pay to win, only raw Minecraft. A closed beta is scheduled for this summer.

Minecraft Earth runs on Azure PlayFab, a platform used by various game developers for multiplayer experiences. Earth is special, as it takes place in a very special world - our world - and aims to invoke the same exploration fantasy as the original PC game.

While Microsoft isn't ready to talk about Minecraft Earth's monetization systems just yet, Merriam was eager to tell us what it wouldn't involve. "It's a journey where we extend your Minecraft experience and make it approachable in a new way that allows everybody to come together". This is a bit hard to explain in words, but keep in mind that everything written here can be seen by other players and they can interact with it. You can craft lovely Minecraft creations in your phone, and harness the power of augmented reality to bring them to life.

You are able to sign up for Minecraft Earth now, if you go to the linked page and put in your Microsoft or Xbox account details, your App Store or Google Play details and a few other pieces of information. Unlike GO, these "tapables" are placed randomly around you and there should always be at least two nearby. A single player owns a Buildplate, though multiple people can work on it at once, but they have to be in the same room and use their own resources to do so.

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.

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You won't have to wait too much longer to find out for yourself.

"Minecraft" is the insanely popular game which allows players to build their own creations by collecting resources and is available for both mobile devices and consoles. "Every lake is a place you can fish, every park is a place you can chop down trees".

Adventures: Described by Olafsson as an "authentic slice of Minecraft world", Adventures let players jump into mini-missions to collect prizes. "Minecraft Earth" features numerous Vanilla Minecraft mobs that our players know and love, along with new ones we can't wait to reveal (later).

Adventures are not "announced" anywhere, they simply randomly appear on the world map.

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