It’s time to say goodbye to a Minecraft game. Mojang announced that Minecraft Earth will be shut down on June 30, 2021. In the official announcement, the COVID-19 pandemic was cited as the reason for the closure, as it is an AR mobile game along the lines of Pokemon GO and relied on people being able to leave their houses and be in public.
Mojang also explained how it will make things up to people who might have been active players. First, anyone who ever bought anything in Minecraft Earth will get a digital copy of Minecraft’s Bedrock version and, if they still have Rubies, will get an equivalent amount of Minecoins to make up for it. Everyone will get Character Creator items until the game shuts down. You can’t buy in-game cash anymore. Everything it was working on will be in-game. Radius boosts are being doled out. Also, apparently anything that does still cost Rubies will cost a lot less.
Minecraft Earth was also notable for having amiibo-like figures. These Minis, which were available in boost and standard varieties, would do things like reduce the amount of time items would take to craft in-game. Like the game, the Minis are available worldwide.
Minecraft Earth is available on Android and Apple iOS devices worldwide. Service will end on June 30, 2021, with player data being deleted on July 1, 2021.