For more than 10 years, we played block games on desktop and mobile devices, on consoles and VR headsets, and even enjoyed a promised Minecraft movie. But Minecraft Earth could be the next big phase for Minecraft: Take the crazy lo-fi sandbox game from your computer screen and put it into the real world where you can gather resources, encounter mobs, build structures and experience adventures with friends and strangers , everything on your phone.
Minecraft Earth is the latest attempt to change the way mobile phones play over AR. According to Newzoo, mobile gaming will generate $ 68.5 billion in revenue by the end of 2019, accounting for 45 percent of the global gaming market. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are tied to the future of immersive gaming, and although they have not started yet, a growing audience of players is taking to the streets not only to play Pokemon Go andbut also Also . (For this reason, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg .)
Microsoft announced that the game will be available over the course of the fall for Android and iOS players from across the country Country is introduced publicly. I have been playing Betas and Early Access versions of the game since the beginning of September, and here are my previous experiences with Microsoft's new AR game.
What is Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth uses the popular open-ended sandbox game and turns it into an AR environment on your phone, much like it did Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for these franchise companies.
As you walk around the map of the game, you will find "Tappables" – trees, treasures, chests, chickens, and other well-known Minecraft objects – that you tap to collect items that you want to keep in your inventory , You can also create models of structures and then place them in the real world on a large scale to explore alone or with friends. Each scale block is 1 meter high, and the structures you provide can be 256 blocks high, says Micorosoft. So for large projects you need some space.
And of course, because it's Minecraft, you'll find adventures on your map, such as surviving a skeletal attack or avoiding a lava pool to find treasures.
When will Minecraft Earth come out?
Microsoft is slowly expanding access to games by country during the fall. Currently the game (for Android and iOS) is available in Canada, South Korea, the Philippines, Sweden, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland.
Once it arrives in your area, you can download it from the App Store and get started.
Can I play on any Android phone or iPhone?
To play Minecraft Earth you will need an iPhone with iOS 10 or later or an Android phone with Android 7 or higher. You'll also need to have your Microsoft or Xbox Live account information handy so you can set up your Minecraft Earth account after downloading the game from the iOS or Android app store.
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As with Pokemon Go, you play Minecraft Earth primarily outdoors, searching for items on the map that you can collect and explore.
As you walk around, trees, pigs, chests, and other Minecraft items appear on the map. When you're within reach of a touchable object, your phone vibrates easily and you can tap the object to find items to add to your inventory.
Collecting items gives you experience points or experience points for the upgrade. Unlike some other AR games, the inventory space is unlimited, allowing you to collect as many stacks of oak trunks or cobblestones as you like.
You can also earn experience points by participating in challenges and adventures (see below under What are adventures?).
Find challenges by tapping the tab at the bottom of the screen where there is a character. Tap on the activity book to see your tasks, ranging from collecting animals, placing torches, to building structures, and trying to play as a passenger, but do not even think about building structures at the wheel.
Can you play Minecraft Earth inside?
Sure, to a degree. If you want to build, start with what the game calls Buildplates. These are pre-built in-world structures that you can use to create your own design. Basically you save time.
Building boards are easier to work indoors, where you can place the small model on a table and continue working from there.
The game comes with five of these ready-made templates for free, and there are a dozen other templates in the game's store that you can buy with rubies, the currency of the game.
The building boards themselves each have 75 to 375 rubies. You can earn rubies by collecting items found on the card, and you can buy them in bulk at the real money store, from $ 40 for $ 1.99 to $ 950 for $ 39.99. See "How to build?" For more information about creating, see the section.
Once you start working on a building board, you can not reset or reset it. Of course you can recreate everything that was originally on the building board with your resources.
How do you create?
In Build mode, you are working on small model versions of structures. If you are satisfied with your creation, place a full version on the map of the game.
This version in full-size playback mode disappears after you finish. Everything you do with this full version is not saved in the build mode version of your tree.
And you can invite friends to help you build and explore structures. Even the smallest structures in original size are large. Make sure you have enough space to set up and explore your structure.
How is it made and melted?
At the bottom of the map, tap on Make Stuff icon (it's in the center, showing a crafting table, a stonemason, a stove and an enchanting table).
To make an item, tap the production area, select a recipe in the lower half of the window, select how many items you want to make, and then tap Make. Each item takes a while – a stone sword, for example, takes just over 3 minutes and a diamond tip 8 hours. You can only make one item at a time, but you can make items in an upcoming update at the same time.
Melting works in the same way. Tap the Melting section, select a recipe and fuel source, and tap Melting. Again, different items have different melting times. For example, glass takes 51 seconds.
You can speed up crafting and melting by issuing rubies.
What about skins?
Minecraft Earth comes with standard skins Steve and Alex, but you can change your skin by tapping the profile icon in the top left corner. Touch the Character tab and then Edit. Now you can either tap the Classic Skins tab at the bottom right to select a finished skin, or the Character Creation tab at the center to create your own custom skin.
You can also use Minecoins to buy personalized items in the character maker. Minecoins cost between 320 for 1.99 USD and 3500 for 19.99 USD.
What are adventures?
Because it's Minecraft, you experience adventures exploring caves and battling skeletons. These adventures are marked on the map with a beacon, and if you are within range, tap on it to access it.
If you're going on an adventure, you may have to dig up, hack, or fight enemy mobs. If you complete it successfully, you will be rewarded. And when you complete an adventure with a friend, everything you collect is shared. The adventure games are timed.
I continue to play the game while Microsoft prepares it for worldwide release, and keep this manual up to date. In the meantime, you can also follow GameSpot's experience with Minecraft Earth.
Originally released this summer and updated with new information.