Minecraft Earth

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Minecraft Earth
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Minecraft Earth is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game.

Gameplay[edit]

In Minecraft Earth, players can build structures with other players and "place them in the real world at life-size".[1]

This version of Minecraft features many unique gameplay aspects and interactions similar to the main game.[2]

This is not a port of a existing game, and is a adaption of Minecraft (Bedrock), and Minecraft: Java Edition.[2] This version of the game is built of the Bedrock Engine.

This version of Minecraft utilizes Xbox Live.[3]

Main Features[edit]

Minecraft Earth tries to be similar to the main line games, or the core ones. Featuring the same Survival mode they have with some tweaks and changes to make it fit the AR style.[2] AR is not customizable, and isn't able to be turned off.

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 pining players builds.[2][4]

Minecraft Earth is Survival based, and has you walking around in your real world defeating mobs and collecting resources. You can either spend your time mining and slaying or earn experience and rewards in Adventure.[2]

The game also features similar micro transactions like Minecraft (Bedrock) with some additional functionality.[2]

Skins are confirmed to be seen in game when playing, but custom skins are not.[3]

Adventure[edit]

Adventure is similar to Minecraft's basic Survival Mode, and has you gathering resources and collecting XP.[2][4]

Gameplay[edit]

Similar to Survival mode, players have health and hunger. Hunger in Minecraft Earth affects the player's reach distance, and can severely limit how far they can mine or attack.[4]

In Adventure the player can travel alone, or walk around with invited friends in their party. In a party all players need to be near each other for interactions.[2] Every interaction is live like building, mining, or attacking.[2][4] When in a party, players can collect materials which is shared with the other players in the party.[2] Inventories are separate though, and are not shared. PvP is confirmed to be disabled or not implemented.[2]

Gathering resources[edit]

Gathering resources is similar to Minecraft, except that in Minecraft Earth the player can encounter "tapables", which are instant mine resources to help the player along their journey. Blocks gathered can be used on "Build Plates".

Leveling up and quests[edit]

When playing the game, the player may earn experience points (XP), and gain levels. These levels in game can earn rewards such as more build plates or loot.[2] Another way to earn XP is through quests. Quests currently have little information on them, but are confirmed.[4]

Trading[edit]

Players can gather items together in a party or alone. When playing with others items can be traded with each other.[2][4]

Mob variants[edit]

The player may encounter different mob variants to "capture". You may breed them for different rarities.[4] Boss mobs are confirmed, but no information is known about them.[2][4]

Build plates[edit]

Build plates are worlds that players can use to build on. They can be shared, and worked on by invited individuals.[2][4]

Sizes[edit]

Build plates can vary from size, reaching up to 200 feet (60 metres).[2] 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.

Functionality[edit]

Build plates function like personal realms, and can be used anywhere. Players may invite friends to build with them locally and then share the world to others.[2][4]

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.[2]

People who are not invited can interact with the pinned world locally; once they leave said world everything will be reset.[4] Only invited individuals can change the real world and take resources from it, non invited players cannot collect resources.[4]

Accessibility[edit]

Build Plates can be seen through the world as pinned worlds, and can be opened to explore and interact with.[4] To get your own, you will need to level up or purchase them through the store.

Build Plates can also be shared via a link, so you don't need to be near the pin to see creations.[2]The links shared can be temporary or never expiring.[2]

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.[2]

They can be used to purchase:[4]

  • Build plots
  • Potions

Safety[edit]

Child Safety seems to be the number one priority, Microsoft has implemented several safety features for the game.[4][2]

  • Show Other Skins
  • Disable Pinned Worlds (Needs Confirmation)
  • Disable Live Player Model (So Others Don't See You)
  • Other Safety features were not described, and the information is limited.

The worlds will also feature a Reporting System, and will have on duty moderators.[5]

Release[edit]

The open beta for Minecraft Earth will launch mid-2019 (This Summer) for AR-compatible devices on Android and iOS.[1]

The game is currently confirmed to have no planned Windows 10 release.[6] Currently Windows 10 devices don't support ARCore or Apples ARKit, so a release may be announced if they get support.

Microsoft Hololens is also confirmed to not have a planned release either.


System requirements[edit]

According to the sign-up page:

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)
iPad (5th & 6th Gen, Air 3)
iPad Mini (5th Gen)
iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)
N/A

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