Mojang’s Latest Minecraft Game

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Mojang’s Latest Minecraft Game

Ian Dahl, Contributor

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Mojang, developer of the popular survival and building game, Minecraft, has recently announced the most recent game for the critically-acclaimed series. Minecraft Earth is a mobile AR, or augmented reality, game, a fairly recent genre for mobile games, and is currently released as a closed beta for iOS and Android devices for those living in certain major cities, such as Seattle and London. Similar to other AR games like Pokémon GO, the game utilizes augmented reality in order to display visual elements from the game into the surrounding environment using the phone’s camera. The player will be able to create various structures on their phone that are able to be displayed into the real world through their device’s camera and are even able to move around their created structures. The ability to create and build structures in augmented reality is a big development for the future of mobile gaming.

The gameplay of Minecraft Earth so far consists of traversing the real world using the game’s GPS functionality, similarly to Pokémon GO, in order to gather a variety of resources like a tree or chest and even an occasional animal like a sheep or chicken. There are even new animal mobs that are planned to be exclusive to Minecraft Earth, outside of the main series games. Resources and mobs, called “Tappables” by Mojang, appear within the player’s catchment radius, represented by a circle visible around your avatar in the game that is displayed on a map of your location. These resources are able to be used as building materials to create and build your structures. Currently, there are two methods that are available when building in Minecraft Earth. The first method places your creation in the real world using augmented reality and is able to maneuvered around by the player. The second method places the structure on a “buildplate” where the player is able get to rotate and zoom in and out in order to make modifications to the building.

Mojang hopes Minecraft Earth creates a community with players of the game through the ability for friends to create structures together and to view creations made by other players in their area. Players are even able to view creations from players around the world. Microsoft, the company that owns Mojang, utilizes Azure’s advanced “Spatial Anchor” technology that anchors game builds to a location in the real world so other Minecraft Earth players are able to view your creations in the game from the spots that you built them at. Along with being able to view your creations, friends will be able to collaborate with building them as well. Multiple people are able to work on a creation at once when building, enabling groups of friends to work together and create something epic.

With the game still being in a closed beta, many of the features in the game so far are unfinished and not fully implemented yet. A planned adventure mode is expected to be added to Minecraft Earth when the game is fully released at a later date. Pocket-lint says that the adventure mode “will enable players to experience builds in a different way, but that’s not part of the closed beta trial.” Mojang hasn’t announced Minecraft Earth’s release date yet but has confirmed it’s release later this year.

 

Sources:

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/microsoft/148760-how-to-play-minecraft-earth

https://www.fastcompany.com/90379854/a-first-look-at-minecraft-earth-microsofts-wild-new-attempt-to-bring-gaming-to-the-real-world

https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/18/minecraft-earth-bringing-its-ar-world-building-to-android-this-summer-as-closed-beta/

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/news/game/minecraft-earth-3698178/

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