Minecraft Earth Early Access Available in Nine Countries, now includes the UK06 Nov 2019 0
People of the UK, your time has come! The Early Access for Minecraft Earth has finally landed upon the beaches of the British Isles. It is the ninth country to get access to the open beta, joining South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, New Zealand and Iceland. No word yet on when the US is going to be given the green-light, but it shouldn't be too much longer.
Previously, you could only have played Minecraft Earth if you lived in or around London and had signed up for the Closed Beta, which only had limited functionality. If you were playing around with the CBT you can still log into the game - the client will just need to download some additional files and you'll be good to go. As far as we can tell your progress will also be saved, so there's been no reset this time.
The Early Access has more and is closer to what the final game will look like, with the new features such as:
- Adventures – small slices of procedurally generated, limited-time Minecraft worlds that you play in augmented reality in life size and are just one of the experiences that are optimized for social multiplayer
- New mob variants, smelting and crafting – like the *adorable* Muddy Pig, Moobloom, Jumbo Rabbit and Cluckshroom, we’ll have new friendly and hostile mobs for you to meet. Through smelting, you’ll be able to work ores into ingots and with crafting you’ll get to create items you need (if you have the right materials of course), instead of having to collect the items outright.
Original Story: The Minecraft Earth Closed Beta Test has been trundling along now for a couple of months now, finally releasing on Android at the start of September. It’s only been available in a few cities… although I wonder how loose they’ve been with the geography restrictions. I live about an hour outside of London, for example, yet I was given access not long after it hit Android.
Still, the main question on everyone’s mind is - when is it going to be out for realsies? The answer is soon! Sort of! At this year’s Minecon event that was held in Nashville, Mojang revealed that the Pokemon GO-like augmented reality game would be rolling out in October… into Early Access.
Time to get your phones charged and ready! Minecraft Earth is almost here, with early access rolling out to select countries all around the globe, starting this October! Visit https://t.co/rblTL72DVG to learn more! #MINECON pic.twitter.com/EyqitOqn73— Minecraft Earth (@minecraftearth) September 28, 2019
That’s not quite what ‘released’ means, and since Early Access is practically a Beta still, I guess you could say Minecraft Earth is transitioning from a Closed Beta to an Open Beta this October. Yay? The Early Access build is supposed to have more features than the current beta version, but we don’t know the specifics yet. A final release date of Spring 2020 has been bandied about, but I expect that to change as the game gets into the hands of more players.
What we do know is that this Early Access program is going to be a global roll-out, eventually. Smaller markets will get the game first to act as testing grounds (as is traditional), and Mojang will reportedly be adding in new territories every week or so. The entire world should have access to the game by the end of the year.
We’re not sure what this will mean to users already in the CBT in the ‘Famous Five’ cities currently with access - we’ll have to get back to you on that.