Augmented reality game Minecraft Earth will arrive in early access starting next month, Mojang has announced. Microsoft plans to roll out the early access version of the AR game in ‘select countries’ to start with, the company revealed on Saturday, enabling some fans to bring their creations to the real world. This is a progression from the game’s current beta testing period.
For those who missed it the first time around, Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game, meaning it uses the player’s phone to present digital/virtual objects within the real world, which is captured in real-time using the device’s rear camera. Users can build typical blocky Minecraft creations in the game, including in small scales and at full size.
Microsoft and Mojang released the closed beta version of Minecraft Earth in recent weeks to Android and iOS, meaning most fans haven’t had a chance to play the game yet. That will change at some point in October, the teams said, at least for players who are in one of the countries slated to get early access.
A couple of key details are missing at this point, including whether the early access release will happen at the same time in all of these regions, which devices will be supported, and which countries will be included in the early launch.
The language in the tweet indicates that only some of the ‘select’ countries will see the early access arrive next month with others potentially getting it at a later date. More details are expected to show up on the Minecraft Earth website once the early access release arrives.