Microsoft last week opened the door for Android users to try the Augmented Reality version of its popular Minecraft game, after making it available to iOS users last month.
The software company unveiled the Minecraft Earth game in mid-May to allow mobile device users to create, display, and collect game elements, which appear as 3D images in the real world.
Microsoft announced at the time that it would begin testing the new game according to the invitations system in the summer of 2019. Indeed, it opened the door to registration and subscription for those who want Test the game with iPhone users in July, and now Android users can sign up.
Microsoft said Minecraft Earth allowed players to collect the resources they found every day on their way, and would also work with friends to create buildings that seem compact in the real world.
Microsoft acquired the game developer (Minecraft) in 2015 for $ 2.5 billion. This was the first major transaction for the new CEO, Satya Nadella.
Minecraft has generated sales of more than $ 1.3 billion between 2015 and 2018, according to research firm SuperData. However, sales of the game began to decline, estimated at $ 279.8 million last year, compared with a 2015 revenue of $ 400 million.
The new Minecraft Earth game is therefore expected to offset this decline, especially after mobile augmented reality games become very popular after Niantic’s launch of Pokemon Go in 2016.
The game is only available for Android phones that support augmented reality technology and should work with Android 7 or later.