As promised with its build 2019 teaser, Microsoft has presented the details of its expanded reality version of Minecraft for smartphones.
The company published a new trailer for the game, which has a fairly similar feel to the trailer Niantic originally produced for the Pokémon GO. And as the aforementioned classic, the video presents a somewhat embellished view of what the game will offer.
First, the multi-player trailer that interacts with tabletop platforms and sized Minecraft creations in the real world and in another node to the Pokémon GO, we see the people encounter creatures and things in the streets in their neighborhood.
The trailer does not It reveals no games, but the game's website clarifies what the players can expect. In this AR version of Minecraft (which does not connect to the existing version of Minecraft), players can create their Minecraft countries in AR and build in multiplayer mode. They will also be able to collect resources and meet mobs (and fight mobs) in the real world, with new races of creatures also debuting in the game.
"We can't think of any better way to celebrate our tenth anniversary than by finally being able to tell us about our … enhanced mobile mobile games! This is Minecraft that you have never experienced before, so you can give your daily life a Minecraft makeover! "said Tom Stone, creative communication assistant with Mojang (the Minecraft developer that Microsoft acquired in 2014) in a blog post.
The game's space awareness and multiplayer features are not provided by ARKit or ARCore but via Azure Spatial Anchors, Microsoft's own platform-enhanced reality toolkit that works on IOS, Android and HoloLens.
A closed beta of the game comes out this summer, and interested players can sign up for updates on the game's website, as well as for considerations to be included in beta. As an advantage to signing up, players will get a free skin for Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Bedrock.
To participate, players need a device with at least iOS 10 or Android 7.0 (meaning ARKit and ARCore are not required) and a Microsoft or Xbox Live account. The sign-in process also means that Minecraft Earth will be a free gaming game while the FAQ pages confirm that there are no cash-back games (random game prizes).
When the game is published to the public, Microsoft will join a gradual global rollout, but it promises that the game will eventually be available worldwide.
With this revealed, we have fortunately Microsoft had a less cryptic attitude compared to Niantic, who released three teaser videos before even giving a glimpse of games. Then Microsoft initially plagued Minecraft AR with HoloLens several years ago, so here too it is a long time to come!
So far, multiplayer mobile AR has not completely become fire, despite support for the ability through ARKit and ARCore. However, due to the popularity of the franchise, Minecraft Earth has the potential to be the first game to offer multiplayer mobile ARs and achieve overall success at the same time, which would give Microsoft a great profit for its Azure Spatial Anchors solution. And since space ideas are a platform solution, that dream of Minecraft on HoloLens one day can become a reality.
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