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Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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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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Minecraft's next adventure arrives with Story Mode - Season Two

When Minecraft exploded on the scene I was one of the countless people who assumed it would just be a fad. We were all wrong, and the game has sold more copies than any other game except Tetris. It's so popular that Microsoft put up $2.5 billion to acquire the game's developer Mojang. Part of the game's strength has been catering to kids and adults alike, and it does that through several different games on various platforms. Minecraft: Story Mode arrived on Android a couple of years ago and has been immensely popular. Fans of that game will be thrilled to hear that the sequel has just been launched.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition adds new Strangers skins, villager trading, and a bunch of tweaks and bug fixes in 1.0.4

Mojang's Sisyphean quest to port all the features of the desktop version of Minecraft to the Pocket Edition continues. The latest update, 1.0.4, brings in NPC villager trading stalls and a new set of skins for the Biome Settlers. A bunch of other fixes and tweaks have been added in to smooth out gameplay and generally tidy up. The 1.0.4 update is now live on the Play Store, though it might take a day or two to roll out to your specific phone or tablet.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 1.0 will add an endgame and a dragon, among other goodies

Though the open-world crafting phenomenon doesn't really have an end, any more than a big box of assorted LEGOs has some final way to assemble it, Minecraft does have an endgame. The original PC release was expanded with a "final" level and boss in 2012, but the Microsoft-branded Windows 10 version and the Pocket Edition on Android haven't had access to it so far. According to Mojang's developer blog, The End is nigh, and it has a gameplay trailer.

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