Minecraft Earth gameplay revealed at WWDC19

What you need to know

  • Minecraft Earth is an upcoming free-to-play AR game.
  • It should roll out to select cities soon.
  • Microsoft debuted gameplay footage at Apple's WWDC19 keynote today.

A few days ago, Microsoft revealed a new augmented reality (AR) game called "Minecraft Earth." The Pokémon Go-like free-to-play game allows you to experience Minecraft in the real world, through the lenses of your Android and iOS cameras. It utilizes all the same rules as regular Minecraft, including animal breeding, redstone circuits, and construction, with an overworld metagame based on location data.

During Apple's WWDC19 keynote, Microsoft took the stage and debuts gameplay from Minecraft Earth. Not only does the game look like a lot of fun, but we've never seen this level of collaboration in AR games before.

It'll be interesting to see the types of structures players will build when Minecraft Earth rolls out to everyone. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long! With Microsoft's well-established American presence, expect Minecraft Earth to first launch in the United States and possibly Canada. Europe and Asia will probably have to wait a while.

What are your thoughts on Minecraft Earth? Do you think the game will be popular? Let us know.

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  • I'd rather have the HoloLens version they demoed back at E3 2015. That looked far more interesting, and it's kind of sad that four years later we never got that but now have a less impressive version tied to holding phones instead. I can't imagine that holding a tiny phone around in one hand and tapping it with the other will be tolerable for more than a few minutes at a time. Mixed Reality needs to be hands free, otherwise it's not immersive; it's cumbersome.
  • How many people will actually buy a HoloLens. How many people will be walking about outside with one one. This looks great and will have more playing simply due to the fact that most people already have smartphones.
  • The HoloLens is $3000. There's no way many people can afford it.
  • I agree. While this looks like fun, it's far from the ideal medium for the experience, as always happens with phone AR. I assume that with a more accessible Hololens we'll get this as it's meant to be played.
  • Well damn. That is amazing. I can't wait for this.
  • I'ts not even out and there's already a feature that's only for IOS? That's crap.
  • I agree that's crap
  • I don't know if I'm blind but what's the iOS only feature? Didn't see it written in the article.
  • The feature which projects a person right into the Minecraft world as seen in the video. ;)
  • That's Hololens's SW / tech I think.