What you need to know
- Minecraft Earth is a mobile AR game set in the expanding Minecraft universe.
- It's a great concept that's slipped under the radar in the last few months due to reduced interest.
- Despite this, the game continues to get semi-regular updates adding new content and features.
- The latest release, R22, adds a new pink footed pig variant, as well as new adventures to play.
If it's been a while since you've thought of Minecraft Earth, then you're not alone. This mobile AR Minecraft adventure has fallen out of favor with lots of players due to its rocky start and aggressive microtransactions. Despite this, Mojang Studios continues to release updates for the game that add new content, features, and improvements to this fascinating AR game. The latest update for Minecraft Earth is rolling out right now, and R22 includes some cool changes.
From the update's official changelog:
- Season 6: Tundra! Coming soon! Look out for super cool challenges and chilling rewards in the new upcoming season!
- Activate those Adventure Crystals! We've added new adventures for you to explore!
- Be a pig-time collector! The new Pink Footed Pig can now be found in tappables near you and is ready to be added to your pig-ture perfect collection!
If you're still playing Minecraft Earth, this is a small but solid update that includes new things for you to do while you wait for the next season to start. There should also be some bug fixes included to make Minecraft Earth more stable overall. The game still has a lot it can improve upon, but it's commendable that Mojang Studios continues to work on the game and make it better. If it's been a while since you've tried Minecraft Earth, it might be worth giving it a shot again.
Have you played Minecraft Earth recently? Has the game improved dramatically since its launch? Let us know in the comments below!
Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
The game _has_ improved tremendiously since "launch", (in best Microsoft style they still call it 'Early Access') but it's also very buggy whenever the camera and/or AR is involved. The gameplay has completely changed from hunting items and adventures to 14-days of (for some) stressfully short seasons. So far I have to say it's impressive this game gets new features every 14th day, but personally I would prefer if they would fix all the crashes that still happens in adventures and build mode. My iPhone 11 Pro Max still overheats to the point where the phone turns off access with a temperature warning, whenever I play too many adventures in a row - so that's still a problem, but it could be an Apple-AR thing, I never bothered with any other AR-based game. The game also has a display issue which has been an issue for months, where you cannot play it on some devices in with a certain display setting: https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MCE-1933 The seasons and bi-monthly (feature) updates are one of the few things keeping the game alive.
I play it almost every day, but I almost never play it once I've got all the items in a season.
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