Minecraft Earth is a mobile AR game in celebration of its 10th birthday

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Coming later this year.

Minecraft Earth was announced by Microsoft over the weekend, an upcoming mobile augmented reality (AR) game that will celebrate ten years of the franchise.

“The game’s mechanics are simple: explore your neighborhood to find blocks and unique mobs for your builds. Once you have them, any flat surface is an opportunity to build,” Microsoft said of the title in a press release. “Team up with friends to create amazing builds on Build Plates, and then place them in the real world to explore at life-size. You can even put your survival skills to the test and battle mobs IRL!  Craft new items, breed mobs, grow crops – it’s Minecraft as you know it in a way you’ve never seen before. There’s endless fun to be had and it’s even better with friends.”

A release date for Minecraft Earth wasn’t detailed, but upcoming closed betas will be made available ahead of its launch. It’s also been confirmed through FAQs that Minecraft Earth will be free-to-play.

Those interested in taking part in a closed beta can register their interest here. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Minecraft Earth is a mobile AR title planned for iOS and Android.