Microsoft's hints of a Minecraft augmented reality game have proven to be true: Minecraft Earth has been announced.
The announcement of Minecraft Earth reveals a number of exciting details about the game. It is indeed an augmented reality game for mobile devices that will let you do quite a few fun activities by yourself or with your friends. You'll be able to collect the same Minecraft mobs that you know and love along with some brand-new creatures that have never been seen before. There will be hostile mobs, too — you'll have to leverage all of your sick Diamond Sword skills in a battle for survival out in the real world!
Of course, Minecraft Earth wouldn't be much of a Minecraft game without building and it certainly looks like it'll deliver! You can explore your neighborhood to find resources and complete challenges. The items you gain can then be used to build cool structures in augmented reality, whether you're building by yourself or collaborating with your friends.
If Minecraft Earth sounds like your kind of jam, you can sign up for a chance to be one of the first people to play the game over at its official website. You'll need a Microsoft account and you'll have to create an Xbox profile. The form will ask you about whether you use Android or iOS and which editions of Minecraft you've previously played along with some general questions about your gameplay history. Completing the signup process will score you a free Earth skin for Steve.
A F.A.Q. has additional details about Minecraft Earth. It will be a free-to-play game and the Beta will release this Summer for iOS and Android in the summer. The game is expected to roll out gradually throughout the world. And no, Minecraft Earth will not have loot boxes.
You can get an idea of what the game will be like in action by watching the Minecraft Earth Official Reveal Trailer below.
What do you think of Minecraft Earth? Does the idea of the game appeal to you, or do you prefer to do your block building at home? Let us know in the comments below!