In a surprising announcement yesterday, Microsoft revealed Minecraft Earth, a new player in the augmented reality mobile game space.

Available on AR-compatible iOS and Android devices, Minecraft Earth will offer a closed beta this summer followed by a worldwide rollout later in 2019. The game will be free-to-play, similar to Pokémon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, also set to debut this year.

Meeting new friends

The game will boast all the mobs you know and love, the ability to meet with other players and build together, participate in local challenges and mob battles, and in classic Minecraft fashion, collect resources to craft and build on the go.

Nothing in the official announcement mentioned microtransactions, though they have become the standard money maker for previous AR mobile games. In a telling sign of the times, the game’s official FAQ clearly states there will be no loot boxes.

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Marc Watson is a Sci-fi/Fantasy author with three traditionally published books to his credit and is a graduate of the Athabasca University writing program. A gamer since the age of three with his Atari 2600 (which he still has), Marc now shares his passion with his kids and their 22 game systems (including a Virtual Boy with more than just Mario Tennis). An avid FPS / Destiny player, he was raised in an age when JRPGs could make you cry and platformers were a fine science. He believes Chrono Trigger is the greatest game of all time, and if you don't agree he'll happily tell you why you're wrong.