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Minecraft Earth is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game.
In Minecraft Earth, players can build structures with other players and "place them in the real world at life-size".
This version of Minecraft features many unique gameplay aspects and interactions similar to the main game.
This is not a port of a existing game, and is a adaption of Minecraft (Bedrock), and Minecraft: Java Edition. This version of the game is built of the Bedrock Engine.
This version of Minecraft utilizes Xbox Live.
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. AR is not customizable, and isn't able to be turned off.
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.
The game also features similar micro transactions like Minecraft (Bedrock) with some additional functionality.
Skins are confirmed to be seen in game when playing, but custom skins are not.
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. Every interaction is live like building, mining, or attacking. When in a party, players can collect materials which is shared with the other players in the party. Inventories are separate though, and are not shared. PvP is confirmed to be disabled or not implemented.
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
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. Another way to earn XP is through quests. Quests currently have little information on them, but are confirmed.
Build plates can vary from size, reaching up to 200 feet (60 metres). 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.
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.
People who are not invited can interact with the pinned world locally; once they leave said world everything will be reset. Only invited individuals can change the real world and take resources from it, non invited players cannot collect resources.
Build Plates can be seen through the world as pinned worlds, and can be opened to explore and interact with. To get your own, you will need to level up or purchase them through the store.
The game has been confirmed to have full microtransactions. The in game currency is Rubies, which is not to be confused with Minecoins.
They can be used to purchase:
- Build plots
- 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.
The open beta for Minecraft Earth will launch mid-2019 (This Summer) for AR-compatible devices on Android and iOS.
The game is currently confirmed to have no planned Windows 10 release. 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.
According to the sign-up page:
|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)
- "Earth FAQ" – Minecraft.net, May 17, 2019.