/The Minecraft Earth AR app is going to be shut down this year, despite a one-time demo on WWDC.

The Minecraft Earth AR app is going to be shut down this year, despite a one-time demo on WWDC.

Minecraft Earth was unveiled in early 2016 and the first gameplay was shown at WWDC 2019 before it was launched in November of that year. The idea was very neat, Mincraft’s collaborator, brought the creative game to the real world with AR but the reality of 2020 and the epidemic forced the game towards the end.

Minecraft shared this news on its blog today (seems to be pulling for now) Minecraft Earth will close on June 30, 2021, the primary reason being COVID-19 and how it changed lives:

Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become almost impossible in the current global situation. I made a difficult decision.

However, a final update is being released today that allows users to play until June 30:

That said, we still have an update left. Today we are releasing the final build of the game by making some changes to make your time in Minecraft Earth as fun as possible. We hope that these adjustments allow you to explore, craft and create more while being safe inside the house. We’re starting with today’s update:

* Remove real money transactions
* Ruby costs drastically reduced
* Currently our pipeline includes all complete, non-essential materials
* Reduces time requirements for crafts and flavors
* Replace unused carving and melting boosts with an increase in radius of the same level
* Provide a set of Character Creator items to players who have signed in between 5 January and 30 June.

Here’s what to expect when it comes to purchasing Minecraft Earth:

All players with a given Ruby Balance will be given a Minkcoin, which you can use to buy skin and texture packs, maps and even minigames at the Minecraft Marketplace. Also, if you’ve ever purchased Minecraft Earth, you’ll get a free copy of Minecraft (Bedrock version) so you can make a fresh start when you pick up some goodies from the Marketplace!

The Mincraft team ends by thanking everyone who played and created:

That being said, we would like to thank all the players and creators who brought new adventures, crowds and free in-game items for the community to enjoy while finalizing our timeline for the game sunset. Your reactions and actions took this game to a whole different level, from the regular build challenges to the incredible builds you shared on social media. We are forever grateful for the amazing talent of the Minecraft community. This was not an easy decision and we are trying our best to make sure you get the most out of Minecraft Earth before it sinks.

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