The Early Access stage of Minecraft Earth is currently rolling out across the globe and is now officially available to iOS and Android users in both New Zealand and Iceland.
In the current Early Access build, players can throw down a buildplate and create an interactive Minecraft diorama.
They’ll also be able to find tappables and unlock resources and unique mobs, craft and smelt resources, collaborate with other Early Access builders, and fight hostile mobs in adventures.
Players can also just sit and take in the beautiful block-esque scenery. Ah, Minecraft.
While only those in New Zealand and Iceland are currently privy to the joys of Minecraft Earth, Mojang do promise that more countries will be added over the coming weeks. If you want to be one of the first to know which countries will get Early Access next, you can follow the official Minecraft Earth Twitter account.
If you’re one of the lucky people who has access to Minecraft Earth Early Access, just remember to play it safe! Let’s all collectively try our best to not have a repeat of when Pokémon GO came out and people were walking into signposts.
If you want to try out Minecraft Earth but don’t have a compatible phone, or if you want to make sure it’s a good and fun game before committing to the download if you’re short on storage space, then good news! Certain Microsoft Stores will soon be carrying Minecraft Earth demos for all to try.
Microsoft Stores in the US, Canada, and the stores in Sydney (Australia) and London (UK) will all carry the demo. There’s no current ETA on when the demos will arrive in-store, but we’ll let you know when we get more information.
Minecraft Earth should be out globally by the end of 2019. The game will support all the same languages as ‘regular vanilla’ Minecraft. To play Minecraft Earth, you’ll need a mobile device that runs at least Android 7 or iOS 10. You’ll also need a Microsoft or Xbox Live login account.