Minecraft Earth officially shuts down, just two years after WWDC keynote
What you need to know
- Minecraft Earth was announced in 2019 and featured on stage at WWDC 2019.
- Just two years later the game has officially shut down.
- The title was plagued by issues and never really got off the ground.
Just two years after Microsoft announced a new AR Minecraft, Minecraft Earth, the game has officially shut down as announced earlier this year.
Taking to Twitter Minecraft Earth confirmed:
Today we say farewell to Minecraft Earth. We are so incredibly thankful for this wonderful community and all the memories we have built together. pic.twitter.com/TMMSKLlf6aToday we say farewell to Minecraft Earth. We are so incredibly thankful for this wonderful community and all the memories we have built together. pic.twitter.com/TMMSKLlf6a— Minecraft Earth (@minecraftearth) June 30, 2021June 30, 2021
Minecraft Earth announced that it would be closing down back in January, and our friends at Windows Central perfectly captured its demise:
Mojang did try to fix many of these issues but it was too little too late.
Craig Federighi marveled at the prospect of AR Minecraft at WWDC's keynote in 2019.
Now, the best way for users to enjoy Minecraft on iOS is through the iOS App Store, or through Microsoft's new Xbox Cloud Gaming service, which has recently rolled out to all users on Apple devices through Safari.
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