New “Minecraft” Game Will Let You Build Stuff in the Real World

Minecraft Earth

“Minecraft,” one of the most popular games in the world, is making a major augmented reality push later this , courtesy of Microsoft.

“Minecraft Earth,” announced , will allow users to collect items, blocks, and creatures while roaming around in the real world with other real-world friends think of it as a “Minecraft”-themed “Pokémon Go” experience, but with more fishing, building and resource management.

Blocks Everywhere

While the popular smartphone game “Pokémon Go” relied on augmented reality only minimally, the new “Minecraft” title will double down on the technology. A new feature called Azure Spatial Anchors will allow users to plop down objects in augmented reality and persist indefinitely. Other users will also be able to interact with those same objects.

The goal is to eventually have players their own “Minecraft” worlds for others to experience in augmented reality through their phones.

“‘Minecraft Earth’ proposes to completely break the dogma that has lived with us in computing since the beginning: this idea of a single person that holds a single device to create a single experience,” Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s HoloLens and Kinect creator, told The Verge. “With ‘Minecraft Earth’ that’s no longer the case. The content is in the real world.”

A “Minecraft Earth” beta will open up to early adopters this summer, but Microsoft has yet to announce a launch date.

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