It was only a matter of time, right?
Minecraft is taking a step into the real world later in 2019, and it’s looking to examples like Pokémon Go for inspiration. We’ve seen Mojang’s global sensation flourish in virtual reality already, and now it’s taking aim on a new technological frontier: augmented reality.
The new game is called Minecraft Earth and it’s exactly what you would think, delivering an Android/iOS take on the Minecraft experience. It’s not quite the same as the game you know from PCs, consoles, smartphones, and tablets, but it does embrace the same core ideas.
For starters, it’s free to play. Microsoft isn’t yet talking about how players will be invited to spend money, beyond asserting up front that there won’t be “loot boxes.” McHugh described the monetization philosophy as “player first and player-friendly.” Minecraft Earth won’t be an ad-supported app. My guess is in-app purchases will take the form of resources and other time-savers. Read more…