Minecraft Earth Is a New Augmented Reality Game for Your Mobile Device

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Augmented reality (AR) in mobile gaming has nowhere near reached its peak, but that doesn't mean there aren't some major players out there.

Microsoft as part of its 10th anniversary celebration for Minecraft on Friday officially unveiled Minecraft Earth, a new augmented reality mobile game. Much like Pokemon Go, Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game that sees you finding objects scattered throughout the real world. Developer Mojang states that Minecraft Earth features numerous critters that Minecraft players know and love, but also a "bunch of new ones".

Minecraft Earth is a free-to-play title, just like Pokémon Go. Microsoft isn't yet talking about how players will be invited to spend money, beyond asserting up front that there won't be "loot boxes".

You can team up with others to create various builds on Build Plates, and then place them in the real world to explore "at life-size".

The mobs you find can also be battled in "real life", and even bred.

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During a demo of Minecraft Earth at developer Mojang's office in Stockholm, Shuber placed his own build of a tall, intricate castle on the reception area pool table.

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"They have built homes in Minecraft, and so to build on the Minecraft franchise, we can't really take Minecraft away from them", Merriam said. If you're the parent of an Xbox Live child account, you will be able to use elevated privacy controls to protect youngsters. We can't wait to see how it all works come the summer. Minecraft has already proven itself to be an unstoppable juggernaut, which is still growing after all these years.

One thing that was not revealed was the release date of Minecraft Earth, but there is a closed beta players can sign up for.

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