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Minecraft Earth announced for mobile, closed beta this summer

Minecraft Earth

A new mobile ARG is coming to both iOS and Android devices, bringing the fun and adventure of an iconic game to a new platform and captive audience. That game is the newly announced Minecraft Earth, which is being created by Microsoft to be their own attempt at capturing the mobile ARG market with one of their most popular franchises.

Minecraft Earth is being released as part of the 10th anniversary of its mother game, so fans are extremely excited about the whole prospect. The game will feature an open-world style adventure in which players will hunt down a variety of different locales and creatures from within the Minecraft lore all over the globe. Collaborative building projects and other cool goals are being built into the game as a core component as well, so it gets the full experience.

According to the FAQ released for the game, Minecraft Earth will be available on iOS and Android phones that have AR functionality running Android 7 or iOS 10, and of course it will be completely free-to-play. The game also will apparently not feature loot boxes of any kind, although there may be other microtransactions.

There will be an opt-in beta for folks aged 18 or older, you’ll have to sign up via the Minecraft site if you want to take part. The beta is expected to happen sometime in Summer 2019. You can check out the newly released announcement trailer for the new ARG down below.

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