Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft announces new Minecraft Earth AR game for Android and iOS

Microsoft announces new Minecraft Earth AR game for Android and iOS

Before that it was mostly proof of concept games and stuff like that. It ... Virtual reality? Not only does Minecraft exist on VR headsets but an AR version has been revealed as well. By 2018 the game had already more than 91 million active players on monthly basis.

You can head over to the official Minecraft Earth page now to sign up to be one of the first to play, receive updates on the game, and get a free Earth skin. This summer Microsoft will be coming with its new game called "Minecraft Earth". You don't need fine motor skills or ideal vision to play Minecraft, and the game doesn't require a high-end PC to run. "The content is in the real world".

Interestingly, you will be able to play this game with your real friends.

There is no exact release date, however a beta testing period in on the way in summer. Instead of traditional pokestops, Minecraft Earth will have "tapables" placed randomly and created to give you small rewards that will allow you to build. Through the augmented reality it is possible to see, for example, a castle or a mine defended by enemies: the player can select a weapon and moving his arms attack the enemies.

Playing with other Minecraft Earth crafters will allow players to work together on a small scale before taking builds into the world.

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According to the details given in the trailer, players will collect resources while walking around the neighborhood, which can then be used later in construction projects with other gamers. Once created, they will also be able to transport them virtually using the new features of the game.

Collect! Minecraft Earth features numerous mobs you know and love, along with a bunch of new ones we can't wait to show you. "It's not just a geocaching game with 2% of it in AR".

AR on mobile devices may carry tremendous potential, but it's easy enough to argue that the mainstream value proposition hasn't arrived yet.

Forward-looking: Minecraft Earth could be exactly what the mobile gaming industry needs to further advance the idea of augmented reality gaming.

The whole experience begins with "tappables", the basic resource-gathering process in Minecraft Earth. As a contributor to Miami Morning Star, Lisa covers municipal and state politics.

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