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Minecraft Earth is bringing its AR world-building to Android this summer as closed beta

Last week we learned that Microsoft would be releasing an augmented reality game based on the Minecraft franchise, and today it has been revealed that Minecraft Earth is the name of that title, and that it will be coming to Android as a closed beta sometime this summer. Supposedly it will take everything you know and love from the Bedrock Edition to then repackage it as an AR game. What this means is that you'll be able to play what is essentially the full game in the real world through the lens of you phone's screen, which actually sounds pretty cool.

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Microsoft teases mobile Minecraft augmented reality game

Minecraft is everywhere PCs, phones, tablets, game consoles, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, Apple TVs, and more. Microsoft teased a mixed reality version of Minecraft running on the HoloLens a few years ago, but that version of the game has yet to materialize. However, something like it might just make an appearance later this month.

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Minecraft 1.11.0 revamps villages, refines trading system, and introduces Wandering Trader

It's hard to believe that every update to Minecraft is somehow the biggest yet, but that is exactly what's on offer with the Village & Pillage (1.11.0) update that landed today. Not only have villages and villagers been revamped to better suit specific biomes, but the trading system has been refined to make it a heck of a lot easier to recognize villagers that would like to swap items.

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Minecraft 1.10.0 adds new textures, shields, crossbows, and lanterns

A new Minecraft Bedrock update has landed on Android, and it brings along some cool new features, such as new textures, shields, crossbows, and lanterns. A new beta has also dropped recently, and it includes a few more textures as well as a text to speech function that can now read all dialog boxes and in-game notifications.

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Minecraft 1.8 adds pandas, bamboo, and crossbows

A new update was recently pushed out for the Bedrock edition of Minecraft. It brings everyone's favorite black and white bear the panda, along with bamboo that's useful for creating scaffolding. Crossbows have also been added, which seems like an outlier compared to the pandas and bamboo. But hey, if you've ever felt the urge to shoot a panda with a crossbow, now's your chance thanks to the Minecraft 1.8 update.

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Minecraft for Android gets a free trial version on the Play Store

It has been seven years since Mojang released Minecraft on Android. There used to be a demo on the Play Store back in the early Pocket Edition days, but it was removed in 2013. Well, that's all in the past now. Mojang recently added a new demo listing to the Play Store, and it's called Minecraft Trial. It's a soft-launch title, so it isn't available in the US just yet, but if the reviews are anything to go by, then it's clearly available in a few other regions.

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Minecraft 1.5 brings Update Aquatic Phase 2, and beta 1.6 adds barrier blocks

Minecraft has always existed as a work in progress, but ever since Microsoft purchased the property, it seems like new updates are being released at a record-setting pace. Maybe it just appears that way because of the game's massive popularity and coverage, as the last big update actually happened two months ago. Strangely enough, that update was broken up into two segments, and only just yesterday was the second half released when Minecraft 1.5 hit the digital shelves.

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Minecraft 1.4 adds Phase One of the Update Aquatic, and the 1.5.0.4 beta is live with a bunch of bug fixes

If there is one thing in this universe you can rely on, it's the constant stream of updates for Minecraft. Ever since Microsoft purchased the property, there has been a clear push to get this title on just about every platform out there, and it would seem the company has succeeded. So now that every single man woman and child on this planet can easily get their Minecraft fix on their preferred hardware, it would make sense that more content has to be released to keep the masses happy, so that is precisely what we are getting.

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Minecraft's massive 'Better Together Update' is out on mobile, Xbox One, and Windows 10

Minecraft could be considered this generation's Doom - it runs on everything. Beyond the original Java-based game, there are versions for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, New 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, PS Vita, iOS, Android, Windows 10, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. This is made even more confusing by some editions having different features. Minecraft's 'Better Together Update' is the first step in addressing the feature fragmentation and implementing cross-play support.

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[Deal Alert] Telltale Games is having a massive end of summer sale

The developer behind the mobile franchises like Batman and Game of Thrones, as well as the popular Minecraft: Story Mode, has just announced a huge sale to help with those back-to-school blues. Telltale has produced some great mobile gaming experiences, and aside from those already mentioned, the sale also includes games like The Wolf Among Us, Guardians of the Galaxy, and several from the Walking Dead series.

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