Minecraft Earth, Microsoft's new mobile AR game, could be absolutely HUGE

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While Microsoft already has a massive presence in mobile gaming, indeed, with Minecraft itself, Redmond is exploring what comes next for the franchise, and we were lucky enough to be among the first to get a glimpse at the mysterious "Project Genoa".

Now playing: Watch this: Microsoft's new Minecraft Earth mobile game is like Pokemon. But there are also plenty of other advancements that made Minecraft Earth possible: Olafsson points to Microsoft's massive Azure datacenter presence around the world, huge investments in augmented reality, better Global Positioning System capabilities and faster mobile networks (especially upcoming 5G speeds).

Developer Mojang released Minecraft Classic earlier this month, bringing the sandbox creation game back to its original form as seen on May 17, 2009. You'll also be able to view other players' Block Plates while venturing out into the world, as they can be permanently placed in your neighborhood. Pokémon Go is probably the most oft-cited "killer app" for AR, but it's only barely a true AR app. All you have to do is to raise your phone and you will see what's going on. To help you earn more, Minecraft adventures will spawn dynamically all over the map, allowing multiple people to experience the same gameplay at once. Building mechanics and Minecraft's blocky take on physics remains, but Minecraft Earth introduces some major changes.

Does it surprise you that Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time now?

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While building persistent structures seems to be at the forefront of the game, there is a distinctly Pokémon GO-like element where you collect and breed the different mobs, whether they be chickens or endermen, to populate your buildings.

So that Minecraft AR game that's been teased for a while-that we touch on in our explanation as to why the survival game is one of the 21st century's most influential titles-has been officially revealed. You'll be using the camera more, is what I'm saying.

Minecraft Earth will be free to play, with a closed beta kicking off this summer on iOS and Android AR-capable devices.

Also... it's been 10 years since Minecraft came out?

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