Ever since Microsoft got ahold of Minecraft, they have had the idea of expansion in mind. So far, they have been hugely successful. Minecraft is basically on every imaginable device. It is also wildly popular, so much that it is hard to go down the street without seeing a Minecraft shirt or reference, or a kid without a smart device playing the game. That popularity all around the world probably gave Microsoft an idea. Recently the Redmond giant unveiled a new Minecraft announcement. Minecraft Earth, the latest and biggest Microsoft Minecraft ambition so far, is similar to Pokémon Go, but taken a little bit further.
A true Minecraft experience
The next iteration of the game is being developed with the help of the HoloLens team at Microsoft. Minecraft Earth is intended to be a free-to-play game for both iOS and Android devices. Since the HoloLens group is involved, you know that something AR is coming. And, you wouldn’t be wrong in your guess. It only makes sense for Minecraft to give a step further with an AR implementation in Minecraft Earth. Its gameplay and mechanic truly makes sense with this technology. In addition, after seeing how much players jumped into Pokémon Go, it’s no surprise that Microsoft wanted to jump in. The idea of Minecraft Earth is that you can share your creations with your friends in the real world with the implementation of augmented reality.
According to an interview with The Verge, Alex Kipman, creator of HoloLens and Kinect said:
“ Minecraft Earth proposes to completely break the dogma that has lived with us in computing since the beginning: this idea of a single person that holds a single device to create a single experience,” “With Minecraft Earth, that’s no longer the case. The content is in the real world.”
Minecraft Earth proposes to completely break the dogma that has lived with us in computing since the beginning: this idea of a single person that holds a single device to create a single experience,” “With Minecraft Earth, that’s no longer the case. The content is in the real world.””
The game will be available in beta for this summer for both iOS and Android. You can already sign up for the beta by registering through Minecraft Earth’s site.
Minecraft all around the world
According to Torfi Olafsson, Minecraft Earth’s director interview with The Verge, this is more an adaptation than a direct translation of Minecraft. Although, Olafsson stated they are hard in work to keep as many familiar elements as possible to make it an authentic Minecraft experience. In the likes of Pokémon Go, you will need to go outside. Yes, no more sedentary Minecraft for you. Just like in Pokémon Go, in Minecraft World, you will need to collect “things.” It is unclear at this point if these would be building materials or some sort of unique items. These items will be collected in select locations like we used to do with pokéstops. But, instead, now they will be called “tapables.”
Olafsson explains how massive Minecraft World intends to be:
“We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft,” “Every lake is a place you can fish, every park is a place you can chop down trees. We’ve actually taken maps of the entire world and converted them to Minecraft.”
Are you excited about Minecraft Earth? Do you believe it will reach Pokémon Go levels of popularity? Let us know in the comments below! Talking about great news, Nintendo provided a lot of details of the upcoming Mario Maker 2! Check out all the details here