The Minecraft Earth Early Access period has opened up — but only for New Zealand and Iceland. The lucky players in these two tiny countries will be the first members of the public to get their hands on Minecraft Earth.
A news post on the Minecraft website states that the game is now live in New Zealand and Iceland. Most of you probably don't live in those countries and you're probably curious as to when you'll be able to get your hands on it. All we know for now is that the game is going to be expanding to other countries in the coming weeks. We had known about this release strategy for a few weeks and now we're finally seeing it in action.
If your country hasn't yet made it onto the list, worry not — demos will be coming to Microsoft Stores in the United States, Canada, Sydney, and London. More information about these demos will be shared in the near future.
Minecraft Early Early Access Features Detailed
Although only a couple of countries can play the game right now, Mojang has released some of the details on what you can expect to see. To start, players can throw down a "buildplate" which will allow them to create an interactive diorama for people in the area to enjoy.
As you move through the world, you'll encounter "tappables" which will allow you to unlock resources and encounter unique mobs. These resources can be smelted and/or crafted, eventually being put to use in your builds. Of course, there will be combat as well. Players will have to find "adventures" where they'll be able to fight against hostile mobs, either by themselves or in a group.
More countries will be added to Minecraft Earth as time goes on, with smaller markets targeted first. Hopefully, those of us in the bigger countries out there won't have to wait too long to get our hands on this game!