Mojang officially unveiled their augmented reality take on Minecraft this past May as a game called Minecraft Earth. A couple of weeks later we got an onstage demo of the game during Apple’s WWDC keynote, and it looked like it had a lot of potential to be a fresh new way to play one of the most popular games of all time. The following month Mojang opened up beta sign ups for a closed beta to take place on iOS, with Android folks getting the opportunity to take part in the closed beta coming the following month. At the beginning of October, Mojang began to roll out the game to App Stores in various regions as part of a soft launch or early access program, and they intended to add more territories every week until the game was fully rolled out everywhere by the end of the year. About a month ago, that early access arrived in New Zealand and Iceland and Mojang said that a US rollout would be happening soon. They weren’t kidding! Today Minecraft Earth is now available in early access in the US on both iOS and Android devices.
How’s that for a PR beat? Every month since May has featured some sort of big news about Minecraft Earth, and we’ve been covering it the whole way. Why should November be any different? The game arriving in the US certainly is a big deal, but of course it’s important to remember that this is still an early access release, and bugs or other weird problems should be expected, especially for a game that relies on servers like this one does. That said, feel free to check out Minecraft Earth right now if you’re in the US, or if you’re in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Iceland, Australia, Sweden, Philippines, or Mexico. You can drop your thoughts about the game in the discussion thread in our forums. If you’re not in any of those places, look for Minecraft Earth to be available in your neck of the woods by the end of the year.