Minecraft Earth for iOS will be released in October
The well-known virtual world of Minecraft is about to come to our iPhones and iPads in a new and improved version. Thanks to virtual reality, we will be able to digitally “enter” landscapes as if we were just another character. Next October, it will begin its journey in different countries.
Mojang announced at its Minecon event, that the next version of its flagship game, Minecraft Earth is ready to be officially launched. It will begin to be downloadable in some countries, yet to be determined, both on iOS and Android, and it will gradually be distributed worldwide. Because it uses AR (augmented reality) technology, it will only be playable on devices compatible with this technology and, in addition, they must have iOS 10 or Android 7 as the operating system.
Minecraft Earth uses augmented reality to allow users to create and explore virtual worlds. Many of the features of the current game are also found in this new version:
- go on an adventure. In Minecraft Earth you can go out into the real world to find blocks, chests, etc. As you walk, you will be able to find adventures, small life-size landscapes where you can collect resources, fight mobs, etc.
- Collect, explore, survive. This new version introduces many of the Vanilla Minecraft items familiar to fans of this game, plus some new secrets that can be collected and used.
- Look at your constructions in front of you or around you. You will be able to build your scenarios from an external view, as if they were on a table, or in an internal view, at natural size.
- corporate multiplayer. Optimized for real-time multiplayer gameplay. You just need an ARKit compatible iPhone or iPad and have the game installed to join the game.
In this video from WWDC last June, gameplay for Minecraft Earth for iOS is shown, using the ARKit augmented reality capabilities of iOS and iPadOS. There is little left to get fully into the worlds of Minecraft.