The first live footage of the new Minecraft Earth game has been shown off at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in California.
Microsoft has spent months building the new game with creators Mojang and players will be able to collect materials and build giant Minecraft structures with friends. The idea is to cover the world in bricks and today it used Apple and the power of its updated ARKit Tool set to demonstrate just how that could work.
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This an augmented reality mobile game (think Pokemon Go) that can run on both the iPhone XS and iPad Pro 11.
The game renders the Minecraft world over your surroundings through the lens of your iPhone or iPad, enabling you to look and walk around the world as if you were actually in the game.
For the demonstration to developers and media, Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Saxs Persson started off by examining and building a castle projected onto a table on stage.
They then enlarged the environment enabling them to walk uup to the structure, feed chickens, and flail at Creepers.
Minecraft Earth is set to release on iOS, and likely other platforms soon for those who sign up for access. The game is scheduled for a general release later this year.