Microsoft has posted the official reveal trailer for Minecraft Earth, an all-new augmented reality game for mobile.
Picture the scene: you’re walking through your neighbourhood and see a patch of grass. Grass is lovely and all, but you see this patch every day. It’s getting a little dull and is practically begging for a talented builder to brighten it up. So you take out your phone and craft a beautiful Minecraft build on a nearby picnic table. Then you place your colourful new Minecraft creation on the real-life grass.
“This is an adaptation, this is not a direct translation of Minecraft,” Torfi Olafsson, game director of Minecraft Earth tells The Verge. “If you like building Redstone machines, or you’re used to how the water flows, or how sand falls down, it all works. We have tried to stay very true to the kind of core design pillars of Minecraft, and we’ve worked with the design team in Stockholm to make sure that the spirit of the game is carried through.”
Users will need to venture out into the real world to collect things. Minecraft Earth has ‘tapables’ that are randomly placed in the world around you. There are always two nearby and more within walking distance. They give you rewards that can be used to build things.
“We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft,” explains Olafsson. “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.”
● Collect! Minecraft Earth features many of the mobs you know and love, along with a bunch of new ones we can’t wait to show you. Over time, you’ll get the chance to discover unique variants, and use them to populate your builds. Minecraft pigs parading around your local park? That’s about to become your reality.
● Explore! Your real-life neighbourhood is about to take on a new dimension. Gather resources, take on challenges, and experience a whole new world to discover!
● Collaborate! Build even better by teaming up with other Minecraft Earth players. You can craft amazing creations together. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
● Survive! Sure, you’re good at fighting hostile mobs in Minecraft, but are you ready to battle Minecraft mobs in real life? Best of luck, because we’re going to put your survival skills to the test!
A beta of Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android will be available this summer. Take a look at the trailer below!
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