What you need to know

  • The closed beta for Minecraft Earth is opening in two cities.
  • The game is available in Seattle and London.
  • Anyone living in those two cities who has signed up for the closed beta could get an invite.
  • You can still sign up for the closed beta right now.

Minecraft Earth is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) game that aims to bring the world of Minecraft to your phones, in the vein of something like Pokémon Go. While it's still early, the team at Mojang has shared some great news: the Minecraft Earth closed beta is beginning in Seattle and London right now!

If you live in Seattle or London and you've signed up for the closed beta, go check your email because there's a decent chance you've been invited. "Thousands" of invites have already been sent out and more are no doubt coming. If you don't live in either Seattle or London, keep in mind that the closed beta is just now rolling out, it'll expand to other cities in the future.

If you haven't signed up yet, don't worry: you can still register for the closed beta right now. If there's anything else you want to know about Minecraft Earth, our Xbox Senior Editor, Jez Corden, has a cohesive wrap-up right here. How does monetization work? Just what are players allowed to do? Do you have to walk around everywhere like in other AR games? The questions to all these and much, much more are covered.

The classic

Minecraft

The game that started it all

Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world, allowing players to build and dig to their hearts' delight. Build towering fortresses, dig for diamonds, adventure with friends; the possibilities are endless.

Essential Minecraft Earth accessories you'll love

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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