Mojang today (6th June) announces that the AR mobile game “Minecraft Earth” will shut down on 30th June 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Minecraft Earth will be closing down in June 2021. Please read our full message below for details. We appreciate all the support from the community!
— Minecraft Earth (@minecraftearth) January 5, 2021
The Minecraft team explained that “the game 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.”
The final update of the game has been released today, which reduces the amount of time it takes to craft in the game and the cost of certain materials. It is designed to let players craft and build more easily and safely at home in the coming months before the game is disabled in June.
Players will now no longer be able to purchase items in “Minecraft Earth,” and any paid ruby balances will be converted into Minecoins which you can use to buy skins, maps, and mini-games in the Minecraft Marketplace.
▍About “Minecraft Earth”
“Minecraft Earth” launched in May 2019. The idea was to recreate the experience of playing Minecraft in the real world through augmented reality and to allow players to build virtual buildings out of materials. The game also focuses on social interactions with others.