Minecraft Earth is the latest production of Mojang Studio, franchised by one of the most recognizable brands in the world. It uses solutions known from the original game, and uses smartphones to make them a new reality. This Guided is a compendium of knowledge related to this title.
- When the game will be available?
- How does Minecraft Earth work?
- On what device can I play Minecraft Earth?
- Will Minecraft Earth will be localized?
- Are there microtransactions in Minecraft Earth?
- In which scale the action takes place?
- How User Interface (UI) looks like?
When the game will be available?
At the moment, the release date of the full version in some countries is unknown. Some areas of the world already have access to the trial version. However, it is known that a closed beta will be launched in various countries this summer. Anyone can sign up for it, via the official Minecraft website.
How does Minecraft Earth work?
Minecraft Earth uses the augmented reality technology. This means that the real world is intertwined with the fictional. The Azure data computing system developed by Microsoft takes in data from Open Street Maps, processes it and applies to it elements known from the classic Minecraft.
It was also made sure that the objects on the screen were "compatible" with the real world. This means that if you will be, for example, in a park, Minecraft Earth will display objects such as trees.
On what device can I play Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth is a game designed for mobile devices. To run the title, you need to have at least Android 7.0 or iOS 10.
Will Minecraft Earth will be localized?
Yes, Minecraft Earth will support the same languages as vanilla Minecraft.
Are there microtransactions in Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth is a game that will feature a free-to-play model. The game can be enjoyed without any additional money spent. The game will feature microtransations, though.
Optional payments within the game are based on a new currency - the Rubies - which can be earned by completing quests or bought for real money. They will work regardless of the Minecoins used to pay in the vanilla version of Minecraft. The game will not offer lootboxes.
In which scale the action takes place?
By default, the game is played with a reduced scale, which allows you to build freely. However, you may change the size of created structures as it was implemented in this game. Thanks to this, you can turn the surrounding reality into the world of Minecraft. Each of these versions is completely interactive.
How User Interface (UI) looks like?
Minecraft Earth has implemented a similar interface to the original version of the hit by Mojang studios. It includes features that make it easier to play on your smartphone, such as buttons to switch between interactive mode and demolition mode.
In addition, Minecraft Earth also features a map of the area you're in, in the brand's own style. It's used to collect raw materials required to craft and build things.
About Minecraft Earth Guide
Author : Agnieszka "aadamus" Adamus for gamepressure.com
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last update : July 23, 2019
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Minecraft Earth Video Game
- genre: Adventure
- developer: Mojang AB
- publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
- platform: AND, iOS
Minecraft Earth is the mobile spin-off of the popular Minecraft, containing the key mechanics of the original gameplay, but bringing action to the real world through augmented reality technology.
Minecraft Earth is the augmented reality spin-off of the highly popular Minecraft. Microsoft is fully responsible for the production. The title was announced in May 2019 and is one of the projects prepared for the tenth anniversary of the original Minecraft. The game, running on iOS and Android devices, is free-to-play and uses advanced augmented reality technology, the processing power of Azure servers, and the experience that developers have gained during the development of Microsoft HoloLens AR glasses.
Minecraft Earth is an adaptation of the classic Minecraft and offers only a part of its functionality: a system of fighting, crafting, equipment, gathering resources, as well as a way of interaction with the game world. The title continues to use the camera of our phone, overlapping 3D game elements on the video image.
The main attraction of the title is the construction mode, in which we can create our own constructions or large projects together with other players in our immediate vicinity. We have at our disposal construction boards of various sizes, unlocked along with the progress of the game. The constructions submitted by us after being accepted by the game can be placed in a real environment as monuments seen by all players.
In order to get the components necessary for building, we must, however, go into the world. Like Pokemon GO, the title encourages users to take long walks in the open air. On our way we will come across randomly generated containers with little material to start the dream construction. We will also obtain materials in specific and predetermined places. In urban parks we can, for example, start cutting down trees, and at water reservoirs we can cast a rod and catch fish. Developers use the OpenStreetMap map website, which is developed and updated by users. All hot zones with resources are manually placed by manufacturers to prevent controversial situations and accidents known to Pokemon GO owners.
Minecraft Earth also offers dynamically generated missions, known as "adventures". Making them allows us to quickly gain new levels of experience of our hero and obtain necessary building materials. The objectives of the tasks are varied, but to a large extent they boil down to the elimination of mine-rafts monsters in a way known from the original game. However, it is important to note that many people can participate at the same time - they must, of course, gather in one place in the real world when participating in the adventure.
Minecraft Earth allows you to have fun on your own, but its biggest attraction is the wide range of cooperative gameplay possibilities. The impression is that in real time players can see each other in the virtual world and interact with each other, e.g. fighting the same creature, sharing healing potions or collecting materials in a building mode. Players can also share their saved designs and modify them with the owner's consent.
Minecraft Earth utilizes the computational power of Microsoft Azure servers, as well as the rich experience of developers in developing HoloLens glasses. Special algorithms and geostationary data collected from players (GPS information, video recordings and photos) make that regardless of the camera in the phone, three-dimensional objects of the game do not "fly around the screen", but give the impression of static and solid buildings e.g. in a busy street.