Minecraft Earth Shutting Down in June Due to ‘Current Global Situation’: Mojang


For Microsoft, this is without a doubt a disappointing end to Minecraft Earth.

Minecraft Earth, the mobile augmented reality game that made its debut in Fall 2019, will be retired in June 2021, developer Mojang announced today. Rather than prolonging the end of Minecraft Earth, the team will look to other areas to add value to the overarching Minecraft community. You'll also earn a Character Creator item set just for logging in.

Launched in October 2019, Minecraft Earth - an augmented reality (AR) game for smartphones - was created to rival Pokémon GO. The game encourages players to move around the real world in virtual blocks and collect resources, crafting items, and building structures. For those who are unfamiliar, Minecraft Earth is basically the augmented reality version of Minecraft, where users can create Minecraft worlds in their backyard using augmented reality. Minecraft Earth was competing with games like Pokémon Go, but general interest in Mojang's title never came close to the popularity of Pokémon Go, even though Go was already three years old by the time Minecraft Earth was released.

With Minecraft Earth designed around free movement and collaborative play, it's no wonder that it has done poorly in the past year.

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Minecraft is one game that shows no signs of stopping. As a bonus, any customer who has ever purchased an item in Minecraft Earth will be granted a few copy of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

According to a post from the Minecraft website, the game will still receive one final update. Of course, the in-game cash will not be available for purchase anymore.

"We hope these adjustments will allow you to explore, craft, and build more - while staying safe indoors", Minecraft said.

On June 30, Mojang will discontinue all content and service support for the AR game. It now takes less time to craft and smelt, and all unused crafting/smelting boosts have been replaced with radius boosts of the same level.

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