What you need to know

  • Minecraft Earth beta has dropped in London and Seattle to select testers.
  • Developer Mojang warns players that progress will be wiped throughout the testing period.

Microsoft has kicked off the early access beta for Minecraft Earth, providing the first taste of its blocky augmented reality (AR) spinoff. Fusing virtual block building with GPS data in a Pokemon GO-style experience, select iPhone users in Seattle and London can now get hands-on ahead of launch.

While Minecraft Earth already packs a robust initial foundation in testing, developer Mojang emphasizes the work-in-progress nature of the current title. New features and refinements are expected throughout trials, leading to a full public launch later this year. However, don't get too attached to your Minecraft Earth discoveries and creations just yet.

Taking to the Minecraft Earth beta FAQ, Mojang has confirmed that as a result of testing, it "will wipe everything at least once during the beta period." With an experience focused on rounding up collectible items and building structures, keep in mind beta progress will be temporary.

The integrity of your builds and data is super important to us, making sure that your creations and collection stay intact is a top priority. That said, we will wipe everything at least once during the beta period- Inventory, stats and build plates. That is because this is a true beta designed to test a huge amount of things. After the beta period ends, what you collect, build and own will stay there.

With the Minecraft Earth beta underway, invites have been distributed to a limited pool of London-based and Seattle-based registrants via email. Budding players can now sign up via the Minecraft Earth beta portal, ahead of a rollout to more cities and players in the future.

Essential Minecraft Earth accessories you'll love

These affordable Minecraft Earth accessories are guaranteed to help on your digital adventures.

Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger ($18 at Amazon)

Like any augmented reality experience, Minecraft Earth will be power-hungry and drain your battery fast. This 5000mAh Anker PowerCore portable battery pack keeps phone topped up when on the move with a compact, cylindrical silhouette.

PopSockets Collapsible Grip & Stand ($10 at Amazon)

Avoid phone drops on your blocky adventures with this collapsible PopSocket grip that doubles as a stand. Grippy and comfortable to hold, it adds convenience and peace of mind to any Minecraft Earth session.

Minecraft Baby Pig 7" Plush ($10 at Amazon)

Grab your own porky Minecraft Earth companion with this affordable official Minecraft Baby Pig plush. Lined with a soft exterior and embroidered pixel detailing, don't miss out on your seven-inch friend.

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