In a sign of the times, Mojang Studios today announced the end of the short-lived Minecraft Earth. The developers have cited Covid-related reasons for the shutdown, which will happen in June. Before they go, there is one more treat in store: an update that will make the game more fun for its last days.
The augmented reality game was very similar to other versions of Minecraft, where players mine resources, craft, and explore. But instead, they can now build upon structures from the real world. Along with friends, they can then enter play mode and explore the structure they have made.
First announced in May 2019, the game has graced our phones for barely a year. Sadly, it looks like this will be a finite end, rather than a hiatus. In a blog post, Staff wrote “Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation. ”
On June 30th, content and service support will shut down, meaning you will no longer be able to download or use the app. The next day, all Minecraft Earth player data unrelated to Character Creator and Minecoin entitlements will be deleted. (Get the fun Minecraft Dungeonshere)
As a thank you and apology to players, the devs have dropped an update to the app as of now. The new features include:
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
All of this is to allow players to get as much out of the game as possible, whilst also staying home and keeping safe.(Get the XBOX version of Minecrafthere)
But that’s not all the devs are doing for fans. As a recognition of the time – and money – players have put into the game, they’ll be able to treat themselves on the main Minecraft Marketplace instead.
“All players with paid ruby balances will be granted Minecoins, which you can use on the Minecraft Marketplace to purchase skin and texture packs, maps, and even minigames. Plus, if you’ve ever made a purchase in Minecraft Earth, you will receive a free copy of Minecraft (the Bedrock version) so you can get a fresh start while grabbing some goodies from the Marketplace! “
It’s a sad end to a game that was pitted to be the next Pokémon Go. Give it a whirl whilst you can with the perks of the new update. Have you played Minecraft Earth? What do you think of it? Are you sad to see it go? Let us know in the comments. ( Get the The original version of Minecraft! Minecraft Java Edition, which has cross-platform play between Windows, Linux and macOS, and also supports user-created skins and mods at a price lower than the official price here)