Microsoft officially announced Minecraft Earth, an augmented reality game, which will allow people to build all sorts of blocky constructions in their gardens, parks or wherever they find it suitable. Minecraft Earth will be free to play.
Minecraft Earth is the name of Microsoft's augmented reality mobile game, coming to iOS and Android AR compatible devices this summer. In the official statement by Microsoft, the tech giant stated that "through the lens of the game, you’ll be able to build creations with friends and place them in the real world at life-size".
The game will be completely free to play, and the closed beta test should go live sometime this summer. The number of participants will be limited but Microsoft expect to roll out the game to hundreds of thousands of players.
To play in the closed beta, you'll need a smartphone that runs at least Android 7 or iOS 10. You can sign up here, for a chance to participate in the test. If you're lucky and get an invitation to play the beta, Microsoft will also give you a special Minecraft Earth Skin.
Microsoft promise to bring Minecraft Earth to the entire Earth but that won't happen on the launch. Instead, they will roll the game out gradually to ensure the best gameplay experience for everyone. Furthermore, Minecraft Earth will support all languages as regular vanilla Minecraft.
As for the game's features, you'll find many of the mobs you know and love, along with a bunch of new ones that will be revealed soon. You'll also get the chance to discover unique variants and use them in your builds, a system that sounds similar to Pokemon Go's shiny Pokemon.
Minecraft Earth will also feature resource gathering, challenges and exploration. All these things are, of course, always better with friends and Microsoft will allow you to team up with other players to craft "amazing creations".
Survival was always one of the key features in Minecraft and in Minecraft Earth is no different. You'll get to battle well-known and new hostile mobs but in real life.
You can check the official website for more info on Minecraft Earth.