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Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Niantic Labs' third smartphone-based AR game didn't exactly bring in as many players or revenue as Pokemon GO but the Harry Potter franchise still has enough fans to get the game by at least by word of mouth. That could be giving developers at Microsoft-owned Mojang some anxiety over their own still upcoming title. To whet Minecraft fans' appetite and, at the same time, publicize the game, Microsoft is dropping a few more tidbits about how Minecraft Earth will play out once the the Closed Beta rolls out next month.

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Minecraft: Story Mode episodes get a huge Xbox 360 price hike, but for good reason

Minecraft: Story Mode episodes get a huge Xbox 360 price hike, but for good reason

Earlier this month, Mojang informed us that the various episodes that comprise Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode were living on borrowed time. On June 25th, the company said, all Story Mode episodes will be removed from digital storefronts, which means no more downloading them and certainly no more purchasing them. With the date decided, Microsoft and Mojang urged everyone to download whatever they wanted to keep before the 25th rolls around and these games disappear for good.

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Minecraft: Story Mode is about to disappear, so download while you can

Minecraft: Story Mode is about to disappear, so download while you can

Ever since Telltale shut its doors last year, its games have been slowly disappearing from digital storefronts. Just last week, a number of games were delisted from GOG, and soon, we'll be saying goodbye to one of the biggest games the developer had a hand in creating - Minecraft: Story Mode. If you own (or want to own) Minecraft: Story Mode, you're running out of time to get those downloads in.

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Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Today is a pretty big day for Minecraft, being the 10th anniversary of its first public release. The game has come a long way in 10 years, spreading from PC to pretty much every modern platform available, becoming a tool for education, and soon, it'll even make the jump to augmented reality. It's one of the most enduring games of the modern era, and today, Microsoft gave us a better idea of just how popular it's become over these past 10 years.

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AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

Last week, Mojang and Microsoft started teasing something very interesting ahead of Minecraft's 10th anniversary: an AR game. Today, the first public release of Minecraft turns 10 years old, and the two companies are celebrating by ever-so-slightly pulling the veil back on that AR game, which is called Minecraft Earth. Making the jump to AR worked wonders for Pokemon, so can it work for Minecraft too?

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Minecraft creator not invited to 10th anniversary over online comments

Minecraft creator not invited to 10th anniversary over online comments

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of Minecraft, isn't invited to attend the game's 10th anniversary event in Stockholm next month, Microsoft has confirmed. The news follows the quiet removal of a reference to Persson from Minecraft's loading screen text, though Microsoft hasn't revealed why exactly it made that change.

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Minecraft Village and Pillage update tries to show it’s still got game

Minecraft Village and Pillage update tries to show it’s still got game

Gaming news these days often revolves around Fortnite, PUBG, and the other battle royale clones that have sprung up because of those two. That was a prestige once enjoyed by Minecraft, which helped bring about other voxel-based survival and building games. It may no longer have the spotlight but Minecraft's latest update has just started to roll out to prove that it still has what it takes to be popular and profitable, without the shooting mayhem that seems to be the fad these days.

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Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and Wii U come to an end

Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and Wii U come to an end

At this point, Minecraft seems like one of those evergreen games that isn't going anywhere, but today the journey is coming to an end for some folks playing on older consoles. 4J Studios, which has handled porting and maintenance duties on Minecraft for a variety of platforms, has announced that work has wrapped on the Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii U, and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

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Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft has been updated to version 1.8, bringing a bunch of new features, updated templates, functions, a few experimental gameplay changes, and more. Players will, for example, find that stray cats now spawn in villages and can be tamed using fish. As previously promised, the game also now features pandas that spawn in jungles and bamboo will now appear in some chests.

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Minecraft MINECON Earth 2018: Pillagers, pandas, new Dungeons game

Minecraft MINECON Earth 2018: Pillagers, pandas, new Dungeons game

Just like any other hit game, Minecraft's hype has died down a bit over time. But unlike most other hit games, its scope continues to expand, both within the game as well as into other areas developers Mojang may have never imagined it would go. At its annual MINECON gathering, the company announced what's coming next to the beloved voxel-based sandbox survival game. Including one that takes out the sandbox and turns Minecraft into what is probably its most logical next form.

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Mojang Scrolls is so dead, long live fan-run Caller’s Bane!

Mojang Scrolls is so dead, long live fan-run Caller’s Bane!

Mojang is best known for Minecraft. The problem with that is that anything after Minecraft has paled in comparison in terms of popularity and profitability. That’s the tragedy that befell the generic-named Scrolls collectible card game that ultimately shut down in 2016. But out from its ashes rises Scrolls, now called Caller’s Bane, but Mojang, now owned by Microsoft, won’t be running the show. Or the servers, apparently.

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Minecraft won’t update for Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U after “Acquatic”

Minecraft won’t update for Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U after “Acquatic”

Minecraft is available on a truly impressive number of platforms, but it won't be long now before Mojang and Microsoft drop some of them from their update schedule. Though there was some question as to whether or not Minecraft's incoming Update Aquatic would make it to legacy consoles, Microsoft has confirmed that it will. Unfortunately, this will be the last significant update we'll see for many of those older platforms, so those playing on them should prepare for the end.

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