Minecraft Earth AR mobile game revealed for 10th anniversary

A mobile craze to rival Pokémon GO is the next evolution for Minecraft, as Mojang reveal their new iOS and Android app.

Time flies when you’re building in Minecraft and believe it or not it’s now 10 years since the game was first released, by someone whose name is no longer uttered in the corridors of developer Mojang.

Some fans had held out hope that the anniversary might be the excuse needed to announce Minecraft 2, but while that’s not exactly what’s happened Minecraft Earth may be the next best thing.

Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality (AR) game for iOS and Android. It’s a little like Pokémon GO in that as you’re walking around in the real world you can look through your phone to see blocks, chests, or mobs called Tappables. Which, as the name suggest, you can then tap to collect.

The idea is that the world of Minecraft is blown up to human proportions, giving you the chance to dig for resources and fight skeletons (and other brand-new enemies) like in the regular game.

More importantly for Minecraft though you can also build, using ‘Build Plates’ that you set-up to look like life-size Minecraft creations, or which you can shrink down to be tabletop-sized.

You’ll also be able to do all this collaboratively, with anyone else with the app able to join your sessions instantly.

There’s no exact release date yet but a beta is planned to start this summer in five cities, at least one of which won’t be in the US.

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