Microsoft launched a brand new AR (Augmented Reality) mobile game about two weeks ago that was recently associated with Minecraft and recently confirmed it. It's called Minecraft Earth and will be launched this summer on Android and iOS devices.
In addition to announcing the new game, Microsoft shared some interesting details about Minecraft Earth via The Verge. First of all, if you're a longtime Minecraft player, you'll be happy to know that the upcoming mobile game includes many Vanilla Minecraft mobs, as well as new ones that will be detailed later. Minecraft Earth players will be able to discover and collect unique versions and use them to enrich their builds, as well as to collect resources and tackle challenges nearby.
Most importantly, Minecraft Earth players will be able to visit the real world to find small clusters of blocks, chests or scarves called Tappables. In addition, what we call "adventures" will be a place of exploration in the real world, intended to offer players a small overview of Minecraft worlds in which players can play in life-size mode. For example, a local park can become a mine where you can find diamonds, or a sidewalk can contain Minecraft trees traversed by monsters. You will have to fight these monsters if you want to collect resources, which will also reward you with experience points to progress in the game.
According to Microsoft, Minecraft Earth will be available in beta on Android and iOS this summer, but a full release this year is not out of the question if the beta program goes well.