New ‘Minecraft Earth’ to offer AR experience like ‘Pokemon Go’

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Microsoft and Mojang have announced a new Minecraft game, 'Minecraft Earth,' for mobile devices, which uses augmented reality to place objects from the game in your real world.
Microsoft and Mojang have announced a new Minecraft game, ‘Minecraft Earth,’ for mobile devices, which uses augmented reality to place objects from the game in your real world. 

Minecraft is expanding its reach – into your real world.

A new game, “Minecraft Earth,” coming this summer for mobile devices (Android and iOS), uses augmented reality – à la “Pokémon Go” – to let you find objects in real-world locations and place objects from the game there, too.

“The game’s mechanics are simple: explore your neighborhood to find blocks and unique mobs for your builds. Once you have them, any flat surface is an opportunity to build,” said Minecraft creative director Saxs Persson in a post on Xbox.com. (Microsoft acquired Minecraft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

“It’s Minecraft as you know it in a way you’ve never seen before,” he said. “There’s endless fun to be had and it’s even better with friends.”

“Minecraft Earth” will be a free-to-play game, meaning there will likely be some upgrades and customization features you can pay for within the game. You can sign up to be notified when the beta version of the game launches on the Minecraft website.

The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of Minecraft’s initial arrival on PCs. Since then more than 176 million copies have been sold. The game’s versatility – it’s part simulation game and part adventure game – has made Minecraft a success among all age groups.

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