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Microsoft has announced a new, tenth version of the Minecraft game – with elements of augmented reality. Beta testing will begin this summer

This version of the game is called Minecraft Earth. Players will have to go outside to find building materials and see what their friends have done in the world of augmented reality, The Verge reports.

Minecraft director Torfi Olafsson said that the development team has “covered the entire planet”: for example, in real lakes it will be possible to “catch” virtual fish, and in parks it will be possible to chop virtual wood. Players will also have to search for artifacts hidden throughout the world, for the discovery of which they will receive rewards. To create Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth, it developed maps of randomly generated “adventures” based on OpenStreeMap data. These can be “peaceful insertions” or dangerous quests in which players will have to fight monsters. Players will be able to fight monsters by developing tactics together.

“The game will start when players have different opinions about what should happen, or they come together and do something meaningful,” says Sax Persson, Creative Director of Minecraft.

The Verge writes that more information about Minecraft Earth will be revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

In 2016, the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, released by Niantic, founded by Google alumnus John Hanke, caused a stir. Pokemon Go revenue reached $1 billion in a record time of just seven months. Pokémon Go remained the top 5 mobile game by revenue in March 2019, according to Nielsen’s SuperData.

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