Minecraft Earth video game to shut down
By Bob Garcia
The augmented reality offshoot of the popular video game never found a great deal of support
Perhaps it was just ahead of its time, but Minecraft Earth, an augmented reality (AR) extension of the popular Minecraft video game, is shutting down. Mojang, the studio behind the Minecraft franchise, has decided that the game hasn’t become as popular as it had hoped and, after being available for two years, is going to be pulled. Not all is lost, however, as players will have options to continue enjoying the original Minecraft game.
Minecraft Earth was expected to reach the same level of excitement that Minecraft saw, as well as that of other AR games, such as Pokémon Go. However, it never fully got off the ground and, as of July 1, will no longer work.
Mojang is going to start to roll out a new – and final – update to the game that will strip away all in-app purchases and reduce building costs, and any leftover in-game currency will be converted to Minecoins to be used in the original Minecraft. For anyone who may have purchased Minecraft Earth, they are entitled to receive a free copy of the original game.
Mojang explained of the decision to halt the game, “Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play,” Mojang wrote in a blog post, “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.”