Minecraft Earth, the upcoming augmented reality mobile game, has just announced its closed beta for people to try their hand at building structures anywhere they want.
Akin to Pokemon Go, Minecraft Earth spans the entirety of the world. The game’s map reflects your location in the real world, updating with each step you take. Gather blocks and materials—Tapables, as they’re called in-game—for your buildings all across town or wherever you may be. With each Tapable found, you’ll gain experience points and levels.
There are also chests and unique new mobs like mud pigs scattered across the environment so there will be much to discover once the game is fully released.
Here’s how it will work: You use build plates to create buildings all in real time in the outside world and more build plates will be available as you level up. Any flat surface can be used as a canvas. You and your friends can also collaborate on builds, placing blocks and items all around your work. However, that also means your friends can take blocks away as much as they want.
These creations act just like ones in the real Minecraft game. Water flows, fire spreads, and mobs move around so you’ll need to be considerate about where you put things.
Once your creation is finished, you can place it wherever you want in the real world in full size. You’ll be able to go in and out of it as if you were playing Minecraft on your console or PC.