Microsoft’s ambitious AR game won’t survive past the pandemic.
In June 2021, Minecraft Earth will shut down. The announcement was made by Mojan, the game’s developer, just two years after the AR mobile game was released. In a blogpost, Mojang said that free movement and collective play have been prevented by the ongoing global situation, two aspects that are key to playing Minecraft Earth. The game developer said, “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to re-allocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community,”
The developer said all content and service support for Minecraft Earth will be stopped on 30 June, thereby halting all progress and players will not be able to update or play the game.
Player details unrelated to the Minecraft Earth Character and Minecoin entitlements will be removed on 1 July. Gamers with ruby balanced pay can earn Minecoins that they can use to purchase skin, texture packs, maps, and minigames on Minecraft Marketplace.
They will also get a free copy of Minecraft (the Bedrock version) if the gamers have ever made any purchase in Minecraft Earth, as well as the chance to start fresh along with having goodies from the Marketplace.
A statement by XDA Developers said that Minecraft Earth will get a final update before shutting down, which Mojang claims has been built to make the game as enjoyable for players as possible. The upgrade will no longer include purchases for actual currency, lower ruby costs and all finished, unreleased material will be included.