Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft Announces Minecraft Earth, a Minecraft Version of Pokémon Go

Microsoft Announces Minecraft Earth, a Minecraft Version of Pokémon Go

With the announcement of Minecraft Earth, the series is taking things in a new an interesting direction. Niantic, the company behind the game, is working on a Harry Potter AR game, announced in 2017.

I was among the lucky few to try an early version of Minecraft Earth. Many individual indie developers found success in the wake of Minecraft, Braid, Super Meat Boy, and other 2009-2010's indie game success stories.

Creative players will be allowed to create their own classic blocky creations. But most importantly, Minecraft will be free to play.

You'll even be able to battle Minecraft mobs.

If you're getting exhausted of being confined to the world of Minecraft, Microsoft and Mojang have some good news for you. As you explore, you'll also run into Adventures, which act like mini-encounters with a group of hostile creatures or a breakable bit of environment.

With Minecraft Earth, you'll be able to create, explore, collect, collaborate and survive like never before. Then after it has been built the way you wanted you are able to enhance the size or shrink it down.

One of the most popular games in existence is getting the Pokémon Go treatment.

Minecraft Earth is set to release for a closed Beta in selected cities (mainly US) during the Summer of this year. Minecraft will use the Xbox Live API, which already comes with robust controls to protect kids from unwanted elements. It works sort of like PokéStops; whenever you venture out into the world you'll come across interactive nodes in the game that you can tap on to receive resource blocks. Microsoft's established moderation team will be poised to take an active role in removing reported, unsavory content as well. You must use your camera, and you must hold your phone up to play.

Just as in standard Minecraft, you can build a simple house quickly and easily, but the house is sitting there on your living-room table. Today, the first public release of Minecraft turns 10 years old, and the two companies are celebrating by ever-so-slightly pulling the veil back on that AR game, which is called Minecraft Earth.

Minecraft Earth has the potential to be absolutely huge if Pokemon Go was any indication. The Minecraft movie has faced delays however after director Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) left the project previous year. The beta will be available some time this summer to a limited number of participants. To help you earn more, Minecraft adventures will spawn dynamically all over the map, allowing multiple people to experience the same gameplay at once.

If it all works the way it's supposed to, Microsoft might have found itself a gold mine. Anyone accepted into the beta will also receive a free Earth skin.

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