Minecraft Earth is sunsetting in June due to the inability for people to play in-person together

    
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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.

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EmberStar
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EmberStar

I’m not entirely sure who this product was even for. I’ve seen a couple of videos from regular Minecraft content creators trying to have fun with it. I think at one point they decided to try to play “Minecraft Badminton” where they were hitting the thing back and forth across the imaginary net. Other than that, it seemed to be basically an excuse for two good friends to take a road trip, with the Minecraft Earth part being basically totally irrelevant. I think they’d have had more “Minecraft” related fun if they’d just taken a pair of laptops and logged into the server where they both play and make content.

I do kind of want the devs to roll some of the new creatures back into Java Minecraft though. Mooblooms are kind of cute, in a “cow with daisies on it” kind of way.

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I think they had problems with people playing this because the building part is so restrictive. No one wants to build on an 8×8 little grid you take with you, and have to physically walk around the thing in some sort of AR/VR mode that is wonky. They should have let us deface the planet from the get go. Dongs everywhere man.