Some of you might remember last year when Mojang Studios announced its augmented reality (AR) mobile game Minecraft Earth. Well, apparently it wasn’t trendy, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, developers see no reason to support it and develop it further. That’s why the creators of this game announced that Minecraft Earth will be shutting down on June 30th, 2021.
The news broke in an official Mojang blog post which explained some of the thought processes behind the decision to cancel the game.
“Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to re-allocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community and to end support for Minecraft Earth in June 2021.
That said, we still have one update left. Today we are releasing the final build of the game, containing some changes to make your time in Minecraft Earth as fun as possible. We hope these adjustments will allow you to explore, craft, and build more – while staying safe indoors.”
In case you haven’t heard of Minecraft earth before, we wrote about it in detail in our previous blog post. Essentially, it’s a game similar to Pokemon GO that allows players to explore real-life locations to gather resources for their next build.
So, yeah… if you were holding yourself off this game in order to play it when it’s done, now might be your last chance to do it. The Early Access version of Minecraft Earth was released in October 2019 and accumulated some impressive first-week download numbers. Having in mind the fact it was only available in a few selected countries, it’s sad to see an interesting project like this meeting its end due to outside circumstances.