Minecraft Earth

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

AndroidiOS

Written in

C++

Latest version

Android: 0.15.1
iOS: 0.15.1

Release date

Closed beta: July 16, 2019[1]
Early access: October 17, 2019[2]
Global access: December 11, 2019[3]

Rating(s)
Size

293 MB

License

Terms of Use

Source available

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Links

Minecraft Earth is a free-to-play augmented reality (AR) mobile game developed by Mojang AB and published by Xbox Game Studios for iOS and Android. The game is about building structures and collecting materials by traveling to real-life locations.

Design[edit]

Minecraft Earth is not a port of an existing game. It is an adaption of Minecraft Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition.[5] The game is built on the Bedrock Engine. It features many unique gameplay aspects and interactions similar to the main game.[5]

Minecraft Earth requires an Xbox Live account.[6]

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.[5][7]

It has been announced that The End and The Nether are planned for Minecraft Earth in a future update.[8]

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".[9]

In the map view, 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, the player can tap it and collect items. There are multiple types of Tappables, including stone, grass, chests, and mobs.

Adventures[edit]

Adventures also appear on the map. Adventures are the survival aspect of Minecraft Earth. Players can fight mobs, collect additional resources that are unavailable with tappables, and collect rewards.

Buildplates[edit]

Buildplates are worlds that players can use to build on. They can be shared, and worked on by invited individuals.[5][7]

Buildplates can vary in size, reaching up to 200 feet (60 metres).[5] Using the shop, players can upgrade the size of their plot, or buy a new plots. Plots can also be earned via a leveling system.

Buildplates can be 8×8, 16×16 or 32×32 blocks in size, and their build height limit is 221 blocks.[10] From ground level, a buildplate also extends 3 blocks downward. Bedrock appears after digging down 3 blocks.

Buildplates function like personal realms, and can be used anywhere. They run in the Bedrock Engine, meaning redstone, physics, and other mechanics are identical to Bedrock Edition. Players may invite friends to build with them locally and then share the world to others.[5][7]

Once a build is complete, if the player wants 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.[5]

People who are not invited can interact with the pinned world locally; once they leave said world everything is reset.[7] Only invited individuals can change the real world and take resources from it, non invited players cannot collect resources.[7]

Buildplates can be seen through the world as pinned worlds, and can be opened to explore and interact with.[7] To get their own, players must level up or purchase them through the store.

Buildplates can also be shared via a link, so players don't need to be near the pin to see creations.[5] The links shared can be temporary or never expiring.[5]

Minecraft Earth adventures have their own buildplates, with predefined above-ground and underground structures and hostile mobs. Like user buildplates, an adventure plate must be placed somewhere on the ground before interacting with it. Adventure buildplates cannot be saved or moved by a player although multiple players can interact with the same adventure at the same time.

Gameplay differences from regular Minecraft[edit]

Inventory in Minecraft Earth, showing that stacks of items and mobs appear unlimited in size and quantity.

Minecraft Earth offers somewhat different mechanics to players more familiar with Java or Bedrock editions of Minecraft. These differences include:

  • The game is basically two-dimensional; that is, while one can build upward and dig downward, a player cannot climb or descend unless a real-world structure is available for climbing and descending.
  • There is no day-night cycle. Buildplates and adventures always have the same lighting regardless of the real-world time of day. Some buildplates may be available with night illumination.
  • Inventory:
    • Inventory is effectively unlimited, both in inventory slots and the stack size of items or blocks.
    • There is no inventory crafting grid, and no way to repair damaged items by combining them.
    • There are no armor slots in the inventory.
    • Mobs can be collected, and achievements earned for collecting them. Occasionally a tappable drops a hostile mob that can be collected and placed on a buildplate.
    • Inventory is unaffected by death, as you don't have access to it during adventures. Only items in the hotbar and backpack, or all items brought with you and items collected during an adventure, are lost.
  • Crafting:
    • Both crafting and smelting take time, sometimes several minutes (or even hours) depending on the item. Like smelting in regular Minecraft, the player can exit the crafting or smelting interface to do other things while the process completes.
    • Several items cannot be crafted at all, such as chests, crafting tables, armor, villager workstations, and anything related to enchantments or potions (anvils, books, bookshelves, enchanting tables, brewing stands, etc.).
  • Tools and melee weapons have a longer reach. Range weapons can be crafted but are normally not needed.
  • Health and hunger are combined into one health gauge bar. Health is depleted by mob attacks, and restored by eating food.
  • Food cannot be cooked in survival mode (i.e. during an adventure), but must be cooked outside of an adventure. Food can be eaten during an adventure and outside of an adventure.
  • Iron ingots are available only by smelting iron ore, which is is rare and never dropped by tappables. Iron ore can be obtained only via mining during an adventure, provided the adventure includes any iron at all.
  • There is currently no way to craft or wear armor in the game. A player must use tactics rather than armor for protection.
  • Chests cannot be found as items, crafted, or stored in the player's inventory. They exist only as tappables.
  • Ladders are available for construction but cannot be climbed.

Other differences:

  • Mini boosts are figurines you tap to your devices NFC reader giving you temporary boosts to your stats in-game, such as better defence or attack strength. Only 5 can be used per day.
  • Adventure crystals were added for people isolating during COVID-19. Adventure crystals allow a player to experience a small, medium, large or huge adventure without having to go outside.

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.[5]

Rubies can be used to:[11]

Development[edit]

During Microsoft Build 2015, Microsoft's HoloLens team unveiled an augmented reality version of Minecraft.[12]. On May 6, 2019, Microsoft released a video on Youtube, where some features from Minecraft Earth were shown. [13] On May 8, 2019, a trailer was released, showing some AR mods in Minecraft Earth. On Minecraft's 10th anniversary (May 17), Minecraft Earth was officially announced.

Release[edit]

Closed beta[edit]

iOS[edit]

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

Closed beta start date City
July 16, 2019
  • London, England[1]
  • Seattle, Washington, United States[1]
July 17, 2019
July 18, 2019 Mexico City, Mexico[16]

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.

Closed beta start date Description
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.[17]

Early access[edit]

Minecraft Earth was made available in early access in the following countries, listed by date and version of first release:[18]

Early access start date Country
October 17, 2019 (0.5.0) Iceland, New Zealand[2]
October 29, 2019 (0.6.0) Australia, Mexico, Sweden[19]
October 31, 2019 Canada, Philippines, South Korea[20]
November 5, 2019 United Kingdom[21]
November 12, 2019 (0.7.0) United States[22]
November 19, 2019 (0.7.1) Japan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland[23]
November 21, 2019 India[24]

Global access[edit]

On December 11, 2019, Minecraft Earth was opened for global access with the release of version 0.8.0.[3]

System requirements[edit]

According to the FAQ page:

iOS Android
Operating system iOS 12.0 or later Android 8.0 "Oreo" 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 & 7th Gen, Air 3)
iPad Mini (5th Gen)
iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)
ARCore supported devices except for these

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
0.4.1
0.4.2 October 7, 2019
0.5.0 October 17, 2019
0.6.0 October 29, 2019
0.6.1 November 1, 2019
0.7.0 November 11, 2019
0.7.1 November 18, 2019
0.8.0 December 11, 2019
0.9.0 December 18, 2019
0.10.0 January 15, 2020
0.11.0 January 28, 2020
0.12.0 February 11, 2020
0.13.0 February 27, 2020
0.14.0 March 12, 2020
0.15.0 March 25, 2020

Trailer[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Mobs and items[edit]

References[edit]

  1. a b c "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
  2. a b "Minecraft Earth is here! Starting today, we will begin to roll out early access from country to country, starting with: 🇳🇿 New Zealand 🇮🇸 Iceland Not a citizen of either land? Stay tuned as we announce the next countries soon!"@minecraftearth, October 17, 2019
  3. a b "We've saved up all our wool to roll out the red carpet. Over the next 24 hours, Minecraft Earth early access will become available in countries all across the world! Navigate over to your app store of choice to start crafting in real life."@minecraftearth, December 11, 2019
  4. Google Play Store
  5. a b c d e f g h i j https://theverge.com/2019/5/17/18627341/minecraft-earth-ios-android-free-ar-game-features-pokemon-go
  6. https://earth.minecraft.net/en-us/sign-up
  7. a b c d e f https://windowscentral.com/how-minecraft-earth-gameplay-works
  8. https://playminecraftearth.com/minecraft-earth-q-and-a-nether-end-breeding-adventures-crafting/
  9. "Earth FAQ"Minecraft.net, May 17, 2019.
  10. Pyroclasm on Build Plate Height.png
    Minecraft Earth Developer Pyroclasm provided this information when asked about it on the Minecraft Earth Discord server.
  11. https://playminecraftearth.com/how-to-find-rubies-in-minecraft-earth-for-free/
  12. "HoloLens games are too good for HoloLens" – The Verge, June 17, 2015.
  13. "What's Minecraft up to?" – via YouTube
  14. "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
  15. "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
  16. "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
  17. "Minecraft Earth closed beta now on Android" – Minecraft.net, August 30, 2019
  18. "Minecraft Earth Early Access" – Minecraft.net, October 17, 2019
  19. "Early access is in full swing and rolling out around the world! We're working around the block to bring everyone into Minecraft Earth. Here are today's countries:
    🇦🇺 Australia
    🇲🇽 Mexico
    🇸🇪 Sweden
    More info on our early access plans 👇 ..."
    @minecraftearth, October 29, 2019
  20. "Queued up and ready to go! Today, three additional countries join the Minecraft Earth early access. Say hi to:
    🇰🇷 South Korea
    🇨🇦 Canada
    🇵🇭 Philippines"
    @minecraftearth, October 31, 2019
  21. "Tea, crumpets – and now also Minecraft Earth! Early access has arrived in the 🇬🇧 United Kingdom. Jolly good! Read more at: ↣ https://redsto.ne/minecraftearth ↢"@minecraftearth, November 5, 2019
  22. "Hey 🇺🇸 United States, we found your Minecraft Earth invite, it was behind the couch this whole time! Welcome to early access! More information at: ↣ http://redsto.ne/minecraftearth ↢"@minecraftearth, November 12, 2019
  23. "More countries need to join the early access? Well, alright then! Now LIVE in:
    🇯🇵Japan
    🇦🇹Austria
    🇧🇪Belgium
    🇩🇰Denmark
    🇫🇮Finland
    🇫🇷France
    🇩🇪Germany
    🇮🇪Ireland
    🇮🇹Italy
    🇱🇺Luxembourg
    🇳🇱Netherlands
    🇳🇴Norway
    🇵🇹Portugal
    🇪🇸Spain
    🇨🇭Switzerland
    Learn more: ↣ http://redsto.ne/minecraftearth ↢"
    @minecraftearth, November 19, 2019
  24. "Time to get to tappin', players of 🇮🇳India! Minecraft Earth early access has arrived and is going live across the country. Enjoy!
    ↣ http://redsto.ne/minecraftearth ↢"
    @minecraftearth, November 21, 2019