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Minecraft Earth
MCEarth.png
Author(s)
Platform(s)

iOSAndroid

Written in

C++

Latest version

iOS: 0.5.0
Android: 0.5.0

Released

October 2019[1]

Rating(s)
Size

293 MB

License

Terms of Use

Source available

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Links

Minecraft Earth is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game where players can build structures and collect materials by traveling to real-life locations.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay of Minecraft Earth.

In Minecraft Earth, players can build structures with other players and "place them in the real world at life-size".[3]

In the map, players can see their character, which can be changed with the skins owned from the marketplace. Scattered around the maps are Tappables. If a Tappable is within a player's collection range, they will be able to tap it and collect items. There are multiple types of Tappables, including stone, grass, chests, and mobs.

Adventures will also appear on the map. Adventures are the survival aspect of Minecraft Earth. Players will fight mobs, and collect rewards.

This version of Minecraft features many unique gameplay aspects and interactions similar to the main game.[4]

This is not a port of an existing game and is an adaption of Minecraft (Bedrock), and Minecraft: Java Edition.[4] This version of the game is built off the Bedrock Engine.

This version of Minecraft utilizes Xbox Live.[5]

The game uses Azure's new Azure Spatial Anchors along with Open Maps technology to help with the experience. This helps map out where certain objects should be along with pinning players' builds.[4][6]

Build plates[edit]

Build plates are worlds that players can use to build on. They can be shared, and worked on by invited individuals.[4][6]

Build plates can vary from size, reaching up to 200 feet (60 metres).[4] Using the shop, players can upgrade the size of their plot, or buy a new plot. Plots can also be earned via a leveling system.

Build plates function like personal realms, and can be used anywhere. They run in the Bedrock Engine, meaning redstone, physics, and other mechanics are identical. Players may invite friends to build with them locally and then share the world to others.[4][6]

Once a build is complete, if the player want to have a persistent hologram of their world pinned somewhere, it would need to be reviewed before its pinned. Mojang claims to have a 24/7 moderation team, reviewing and looking at reports. [4]

People who are not invited can interact with the pinned world locally; once they leave said world everything will be reset.[6] Only invited individuals can change the real world and take resources from it, non invited players cannot collect resources.[6]

Build Plates can be seen through the world as pinned worlds, and can be opened to explore and interact with.[6] To get their own, players will need to level up or purchase them through the store.

Build Plates can also be shared via a link, so players don't need to be near the pin to see creations. [4]The links shared can be temporary or never expiring.[4]

Microtransactions[edit]

The game has been confirmed to have full microtransactions. The in game currency is Rubies, which is not to be confused with Minecoins.[4]

They can be used to purchase:[6]

  • Build plots
  • Potions

Development[edit]

During Microsoft Build 2015, Microsoft's HoloLens team unveiled an augmented reality version of Minecraft.[7] On May 8, 2019, a trailer was released which showed some AR mods in Minecraft Earth. On Minecraft's 10th anniversary (May 17), Minecraft Earth was officially announced.

Closed beta[edit]

iOS[edit]

The closed beta for Minecraft Earth was launched for AR-compatible devices with iOS in the following cities:

July 16, 2019
  • London, UK[8]
  • Seattle, Washington, United States[8]
July 17, 2019
  • Stockholm, Sweden[9]
  • Tokyo, Japan[10]
July 18, 2019
  • Mexico City, Mexico[11]

Android[edit]

The closed beta for Minecraft Earth was launched for AR-compatible devices with Android in the first five cities the closed iOS beta was also launched in: London, Seattle, Stockholm, Tokyo, Mexico City.

August 22, 2019
Pre-registration for the full game on the Google Play Store and registration for the closed beta on the Minecraft Earth site becomes available.
August 30, 2019
The closed beta was released in the same cities as iOS.[12]

Early access[edit]

Minecraft Earth’s Early Access:

October 17, 2019:[13]

  • New Zealand
  • Iceland

System requirements[edit]

According to the sign-up page:[14]

iOS Android
OS iOS 10.0 or later Android 7.0 "Nougat" or later
Compatible devices iPod touch (7th Gen)
iPhone (6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max)
iPad (5th & 6th Gen, Air 3, 7th Gen)
iPad Mini (5th Gen)
iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)
ARCore Supported Devices

Version history[edit]

Version Release date
0.1.0 July 31, 2019
0.2.0 August 27, 2019
0.3.0 September 20, 2019
0.3.1
0.4.0 October 2, 2019
0.4.2 October 7, 2019
0.5.0 October 17, 2019

Trailer[edit]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djKPSKufFJU

Gallery[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Mobs and items[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Time to get your phones charged and ready! Minecraft Earth is almost here, with early access rolling out to select countries all around the globe, starting this October!"@minecraftearth, September 28, 2019
  2. Google Play Store
  3. "Earth FAQ"Minecraft.net, May 17, 2019.
  4. a b c d e f g h i j https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18627341/minecraft-earth-ios-android-free-ar-game-features-pokemon-go
  5. https://earth.minecraft.net/en-us/sign-up
  6. a b c d e f g https://www.windowscentral.com/how-minecraft-earth-gameplay-works
  7. "HoloLens games are too good for HoloLens" – The Verge, June 17, 2015.
  8. a b "LONDON and SEATTLE, you’re up! As the first two cities to go live in the Minecraft Earth closed beta, all eyes are on you and your life-sized minetacular (specblockular?) creations!"@minecraftearth, July 16, 2019
  9. "Seattle and London are already live, and now it’s time to welcome STOCKHOLM to the block party! Södermalm or Kungsholmen, which part of the city will prove to be the most creative?"@minecraftearth, July 17, 2019
  10. "TOKYO! Home of the historical and the hyper-modern, cat cafés and muddy pigs. Wait, what? Yes! Tokyo is the fourth city to join the Minecraft Earth closed beta."@minecraftearth, July 17, 2019
  11. "The Minecraft Earth closed beta is now live in MEXICO CITY! Five cities are up and running – we can’t wait to see what you create!"@minecraftearth, July 18, 2019
  12. "Minecraft Earth closed beta now on Android" – Minecraft.net, August 30, 2019
  13. "Minecraft Earth Early Access" – Minecraft.net, October 17, 2019
  14. https://earth.minecraft.net/en-us/sign-up