With global lockdown restrictions seemingly on the road to getting worse and not better due to the pandemic and the events of the past year to account for, it’s probably not a surprise that Minecraft Earth, the mobile AR game from the IP, has been forced to announce its sunset on June 30th of this year.
“Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation,” explains the announcement. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to re-allocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community.”
With that said, there is still one more update coming to the mobile title that seeks to make the waning months of the game as fun as possible. This update will turn off real-money transactions, drastically reduce ruby costs, lower time requirements for smelting and crafting, and grant Character Creator items for those who log in between now and June. As for those who have made in-game purchases, players with rubies will be granted Minecoins that can be used to purchase skin and texture packs, maps, and minigames, while those who have made any in-game purchases will get a free copy of the Bedrock version of Minecraft.
“We’re eternally grateful for the amazing talent in the Minecraft community. This was not an easy decision, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure you get the most out of Minecraft Earth before it sunsets,” closes the post.