It isn’t unusual for Apple to debut a new game at its keynotes, but we didn’t expect Minecraft—a Microsoft owned property—to make an appearance and as an augmented reality game no less.
Towards the tail end of Apple’s WWDC keynote, we saw the first-ever gameplay of Minecraft Earth. From what we can tell, it’s an augmented reality mobile game similar to Pokemon Go that can run on both the iPhone XS and iPad Pro 11.
The game renders the Minecraft world over your surroundings through the lens of your screen, allowing you to look and walk around the world just as if you were actually in the game.
During the short gameplay demo, Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Saxs Persson started off by examining and building a castle projected onto a table. The two developers were also able to blow up the environment into a mostly 1:1 scale structure. In this “stage mode” they could walk up to the structure, feed chickens, and flail at Creepers.
Minecraft Earth is set to release on iOS, and likely other platforms, this summer for those who sign up for access. The game is scheduled for a general release to the wider public later this year.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
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