Microsoft Teases New Minecraft AR Game - More Details to Come May 17

At their annual Build conference, Microsoft teased a new Minecraft AR game that looks like the company's take on Pokemon Go.

May 6, 2019

Microsoft’s annual Build event is a developer-focused conference that gives updates into some of the bigger projects the company is working on. At the tail end of today’s conference, the company teased a Minecraft augmented reality (AR) project that will remind readers of Niantic’s Pokemon Go.

Little is known about the project thus far. The teaser shows a Microsoft employee leaving his phone on a park bench and grabbing a stranger’s by mistake. Said stranger, picks up the employee’s phone and goes to take it to him before noticing a Minecraft pig has been overlaid onto reality via AR.

She then sees a couple of Minecraft villagers before the phone screen pops up with the text “Tune In May 17”. The employee walks back and takes the phone before any more details are spilled.

With all that said, there are a few things that seem likely to be included in a Pokemon Go-like take on Minecraft. Pokemon Go does a great job of taking advantage of the strengths of Pokemon that work well on mobile (catching and battling) and doesn’t focus on some of the other aspects that might not translate as easily. Minecraft will likely do the same.

You have to assume the game will feature some type of building. Giving players a chance to see their creations in a real world space seems like a safe bet. From there, they could take the game in a number of directions. However, Minecraft is build on creativity and connectivity to other players. So, giving whatever you do a social aspect probably needs to be included.

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Tune in on May 17 to discover exactly what Microsoft is going to do with their new Minecraft AR game. Until then, check out the teaser below.

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