So long, sweet Ocelots - Microsoft and Mojang have announced they are bringing Minecraft Earth to an end in June 2021. But first, they have one final update to release.
Microsoft & Mojang's awesome augmented reality (AR) experience, Minecraft Earth, had one of the most interesting mobile preferences of the past few years.
The intention was to solve a very complicated problem. Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon, and quite an addictive one at that. So if Minecraft is keeping gamers from going outdoors - the only solution is to bring Minecraft to the outdoors.
Minecraft Earth allows users to play an AR version of Minecraft which incorporates elements of the real world around them. Teaming up with your friends or playing solo, users were able to build magnificent Minecraft creations and place them life-size in the real world.
But sadly, 2020 had other plans. The entire premise of Minecraft Earth demands that players... go outside. And if there's one thing that has become taboo in 2020, it's just that:
Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to re-allocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community and to end support for Minecraft Earth in June 2021.
However, before they do, Microsoft and Mojang have announced in a blog post that they have one final update to release that hopes to "make [the rest] of your time in Minecraft Earth as fun as possible."
We hope these adjustments will allow you to explore, craft, and build more – while staying safe indoors. Starting with today’s update, we are:
- Removing real-money transactions
- Drastically reducing ruby costs
- Including all completed, unreleased content currently in our pipeline
- Reducing time requirements for crafting and smelting
- Replacing unused crafting & smelting boosts with radius boosts of the same level
- Granting a set of Character Creator items to players who sign in between January 5 and June 30
So there you have it: you have only a few months to make the most of the incredible Minecraft Earth.
It's just a shame that Apple's Tracked VR Glove won't be out in time to play with it: then you could go punching trees in real life!