Onstage, Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Saxs Persson revealed how it works (check out the featured video below). They built a familiar Minecraft castle. Winters’ phone first turned into a pickaxe as she worked on stone, then she placed the blocks.
Flicking a finger to catch a Pokémon can’t compare to this.
AR remains in its formative stages, and it’s worth tempering your excitement. Remember when Microsoft showed off Minecraft for the HoloLens in 2015
? Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet. But with most smartphones having AR capabilities these days, I expect to see Minecraft Earth happen long before we see it work on HoloLens.
My question: Will it rival Pokémon Go for players? Hundreds of thousands of people still trot out looking for Pokémon and defending gyms every day. I bet they’ll build houses and forts (or, you know, re-create entire European nation
) and defend themselves from Creepers and Endermen.
By the hundreds of thousands.
–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor