The "Minecraft Earth" Beta Starts Its Global Takeover This Month

It's been a few months since we first learned about Minecraft Earth, the augmented reality version of Mojang's game that lets you experience the real world a playground full of your blocksy creations. The company promised that an alpha version of the game would be released in the summer. Now, along with Minecraft servers of the game, the company has announced that it will launch on iOS within the next two weeks. Android will follow "soon afterward."

After seeing live gameplay during WWDC last month, the release of iOS-first isn't a surprise. Although this trailer contains lots of details on the game's gameplay, interested players may wish to go back to the Apple demo to get more impressions of what it will be like to play in the virtual Minecraft world with their friends that overlays the real world.

To be among the first players with access, you'll have to sign up for the free game right here (you'll require a device running at least iOS 10 or Android 7 to play, as per the FAQ). Access is being limited while they work out the load on the game's servers However, you'll have to be active to stay in the game. If you do not play for seven days then someone else will take your slot. You'll need a Microsoft or Xbox Live account to register and once you've registered, there's nothing left to do but wait and prepare to build.

Think you're living a good life? It's about to get even BETA! The Minecraft Earth closed beta is headed for a few select locations. Find out what to expect and register for a chance to play!

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