Minecraft Earth was unveiled back in early 2019 and some of the first gameplay was shown off at WWDC 2019 before launching in November that year. The idea was really neat, bringing Minecraft’s collaborative, creative play to the real world with AR but the reality of 2020 and the pandemic has forced the end of the game.
Minecraft Stories January 5
Minecraft Stories November 12, 2019
Minecraft Earth now available in the US, ‘Mobs in the Park’ in-person events set for NYC, more
Minecraft Earth is the latest title in the highly popular franchise that allows players to leverage augmented reality to collaborate with others in real-time and cover “the entire planet in Minecraft.” While the game has been available in some countries starting last month, it’s now available on iOS and Android in the US.
Minecraft Stories September 29, 2019
Fans of augmented reality gaming will soon have yet another option on iOS. In May, Microsoft teased that it was working on an AR version of Minecraft dubbed Minecraft Earth for iOS, and now we know the app will begin its rollout as soon as next month.
Minecraft Stories May 17, 2019
Microsoft is working on a major new Minecraft game for iOS and Android that takes the highly popular platform into the real world. After teasing the title earlier this month, the company has unveiled Minecraft Earth which is set to arrive in beta this summer. The new mobile game will bring a Pokémon Go-style AR experience to let players collaborate with others in real time and cover “the entire planet in Minecraft.”
Minecraft Stories September 6, 2018
Minecraft: Education Edition now available for iPad on the App Store
Microsoft has made its Minecraft: Education Edition available for iPad for the first time. Designed for ages K-12, the special edition features over 400 lesson plans, assessment features, and much more.
Minecraft Stories August 20, 2018
Minecraft: Education Edition for iPad coming to classrooms next month
Microsoft has today shared that it will be releasing Minecraft: Education Edition for iPad to enrich classroom learning around the world next month.
Minecraft Stories April 11, 2017
Minecraft: Pocket Edition update brings Chinese Mythology Pack and more
Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPhone and iPad is getting an update today that brings a new Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack and more. Included in the pack are 26 new skins, texture sets, and other goodies:
Minecraft Stories April 10, 2017
Minecraft Stories March 28, 2017
Minecraft Apple TV Edition gains Xbox Live & Realms online gameplay support
Minecraft Stories December 19, 2016
Minecraft ‘Apple TV Edition’ now available for tvOS with limited edition DLC
Back in October, Apple announced during its keynote that Minecraft would be coming to tvOS later this year. With about two weeks to spare, Minecraft Apple TV Edition has been released today for $19.99.
Minecraft Stories April 13, 2016
Minecraft ‘Realms’ paid online gameplay coming to Pocket Edition iOS app
Minecraft developers Mojang today announced a new online gameplay feature coming soon to the Minecraft: Pocket Edition mobile apps called “Minecraft Realms.”
Realms aims to make it easy to play online with friends, sort of like desktop players have been doing for years running their own servers, but without having to do much more than set up a group of approved users:
Minecraft Stories October 15, 2015
Minecraft: Story Mode launches on iOS with a new multi-episode campaign mode
After enjoying one of the most successful multi-platform runs in recent memory, Minecraft is back again with its newly released Story Mode title on iOS and Android, as well as other platforms. This new rendition, from Telltale Games, builds on the success of the original title by bringing campaign-style play to the mix.
Jesse, the main character, adventures through the Overworld in the first episode The Order of the Stone. For the first time, Minecraft gamers will experience dialogue and have choices that effect the outcome of each episode. The voice-overs are handled by a number of celebrities including Patton Oswald, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter and others. There are a total of five sections to the game, which can be purchased at a 25% discount through the app.
THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME IN THE WORLD OF MINECRAFT
***Save over 25% on additional episodes in Minecraft: Story Mode by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5] via in-app***
In this five part episodic series, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
• Created by award-winning adventure game powerhouse Telltale Games, in partnership with Minecraft creators, Mojang
• Featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program, Mission Hill), Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us, Tales from the Borderlands), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, X-Men), Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, Raising Hope), Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, Batman: Arkham Knight), Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Stand by Me), Billy West (Futurama, Adventure Time), and Paul Reubens (Tron: Uprising, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse)
• You will drive the story through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), and what you choose to do in moments of thrilling action will make this YOUR story
Minecraft Stories July 23, 2015
Kamcord, a popular platform that lets game developers add gameplay recording features to their mobile apps, is today taking its first step into live streaming. The move is a notable one as competitors such as live game streaming service Twitch, now owned by Amazon, move into the mobile space and live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat begin to gain traction among users. expand full story
Minecraft Stories April 22, 2015
The small 1.5 to 1.7-inch display on the Apple Watch might not immediately strike you as the ideal platform for gaming, but many game developers are embracing the Apple Watch with mini versions of popular games, companion apps for iPhone and iPad games, and even new games designed specifically for the Apple Watch.
Below we’ve put together a first look at the games already on the App Store, including a few screenshots of each revealed by that new tool we told you about earlier today.
Head below for the full list and check back for more as they get released: expand full story
Minecraft Stories March 17, 2015
My feelings for Nintendo are complicated. I’ve loved its games ever since the original Donkey Kong, owned every Nintendo console (including the Virtual Boy), and recommended the Wii U as the best game console for families and kids. But if I was mildly displeased with Nintendo as a company during its haughtiest years — the time when most of its key third-party developers walked away — I’m downright angry with it today. At a press conference in Japan this morning, Nintendo announced its second collaboration with a mobile game publisher in two months, the headline from which was what millions of people have been waiting years to read:
Sure, the official Nintendo press release actually says “smart devices” including phones and tablets, but iPhones and iPads are a safe bet. The press release also says “gaming applications” rather than games, but a press release from Nintendo’s new mobile partner DeNA confirms that the companies will indeed produce mobile games together. Just think about it: Super Mario World on the iPad! Donkey Kong Country on the iPhone! That’s just what everyone has wanted! But there’s a catch…
Minecraft Stories September 15, 2014
Will Microsoft’s purchase of Mojang mean the end of Minecraft for Mac & iOS users?
With news breaking today that Minecraft-maker Mojang has officially sold to Microsoft, the first question that comes to my mind is what this might mean for Mac and iOS users.
Microsoft now has the ability and probably much incentive to make future versions of Minecraft Xbox and or Windows-only and, unfortunately, its statement on the topic isn’t reassuring to say the least. Here’s the statement from Mojang on development for various platforms:
There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.
We’re extremely proud of all editions and the awesome things you have achieved through playing together.
That’s far from a promise that Microsoft will indeed keep the game alive on all platforms, and also up in the air is where the company’s current employees and projects will end up after the deal. For now, versions of the game are still available to download for Mac and iOS.
Minecraft Stories July 10, 2014
Minecraft Pocket Edition gets biggest update yet w/ infinite worlds & much more
Minecraft Pocket Edition, the iOS version of the popular Minecraft PC game, is getting what developer Mojang says is the app’s biggest update yet today. Version 0.9.0 introduces a number of new features carried over from the original game including infinite worlds, much improved caves, wolves, new items, and much, much more.
In addition, Mojang is bringing over new biomes from the PC version of the game with mesas, jungles, swamps and extreme hills, and you’ll also notice abandoned mineshafts, villages and “new feature generation, including lakes, vines and monster rooms.” That doesn’t even include a fraction of what’s actually included in today’s update. A full list of new features from new blocks to new and updated features for biomes, mobs, AI and feature generation is below.
The game also receives some welcomed UI tweaks in the update including a new “interaction” button that Mojang hopes will cut down on accidental sheep punches.
Infinite worlds! Caves! Loads of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks. Wolves! Tame a loyal companion. Loads of new flowers! So pretty. New mobs, including the spooky endermen and less spooky Mooshrooms. New biomes from the PC version, including mesas, jungles, swamps and extreme hills. Abandoned mineshafts, villages, and many other cool places to explore. A brand-new “interaction” button. Never accidentally punch a sheep again! New feature generation, including lakes, vines and monster rooms. Many bugs fixed, and possibly a few added.
The updated Minecraft Pocket Edition version 0.9.0 is available now on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
The full huge list of what’s new via Mojang is below:
- Unlimited worlds!
- New culling algorithm
- New culling of clouds
- Tile entities are saved differently
- New falling mechanics for gravel and sand
- New insta ticking of water and lava
- Huge mushroom blocks
- End portal frame
- Double plants
- More stairs/slabs for new wood types
- New log types (savanna tree and dark oak)
- New leafs (savanna tree)
- Monster egg
- Stained clay
- New flowers
- Red sand
- Hardened clay
- End stone
- Emerald block
- Emerald ore
- New leveldb based saving format
- New entity handling
- New crafting screen
- Remade network code (mostly the same packages but new system).
- New interact button (to make the game easier for new players)
New and updated biomes
- Extreme hills
- Redwood taiga
- Roofed forests
- Mushroom island
- Deep ocean
New world feature generation
- Ice patch
- Ice spike
- Double plants
- Ground bushes
- Fancy oaks
- Jungle tree
- Mega jungle tree
- Mega pine tree
- Savanna tree
- Swamp tree
- Huge mushroom
- Dead bush
- Monster rooms
- Desert well
- Fallen logs
- Emerald ore
Tweaks to caves
- Lava at the bottom of caves
- Caves in desert and mesa
- Abandoned mine shafts
- Flat world generation
- Limited world generation
- “New” mob spawning
- Updated light generation
- Grass color for different biomes
- Foliage color for different biomes
- Water color for swamps
- New leaf rendering
- Added more spawn eggs in Creative Mode
- Added immersive mode for Android
- Added drip particles for water and lava
- Updated create world screen
Tweaks and bug fixes
- Correct name for stairs, slabs and spawn eggs
- Beds no longer gives full health in normal difficulty
- Smooth lighting added for:
- Smooth lighting removed for:
- Jack ‘o’ lanterns
- Improved performance of TNT
- Prettier clouds
- The fog is darker underground
- The block highlight flickers (z-fights) when more than 10k blocks distant from spawn
- Changing the view distance while in a world might crash the game
- If players walk too far from each other in multiplayer, they can’t see each other
Known bugs requiring attention
- Multiplayer is a bit fragile. Please test it and report all issues to us!
- The LevelDB save format + upgrading of old maps. Please report any data corruption!
- Crashes in general – uncommon and random crashes might still happen
Minecraft Stories December 16, 2013
How I designed Apple’s headquarters in Minecraft
What you see above is the culmination of too many late weekends spent online, dozens of hours studying Google Maps street view, and perhaps a little too much free time. About two years ago I decided to re-create Apple’s Headquarters in Minecraft. The project seemed difficult, but I figured at a modest scale i could accomplish it relatively quickly.
Minecraft Stories November 26, 2012
Google Voice, Dropbox, Minecraft Reality, Autodesk FormIt, Korg iPolysix, more
Minecraft Reality: Minecraft developers Mojang officially announced a new augmented reality iOS app yesterday dubbed “Minecraft Reality” allowing players to view their Minecraft creations in the real world. The app was developed by 13th lab with a little help from Mojang using advanced computer vision and augmented reality tech. Users will also be able to save their creations at specific real-world locations for others users to discover:
The app uses your iOS device’s camera to track the surroundings, before projecting creations onto the landscape. You get to view the mind-boggling results on-screen. You can change the size of your object as you please, and even wander around it to view from different angles… Imagine being able to dump your Minecraft creations into the real world for other people to find. You could put an exploding creeper in your school, a cheeky pig in your garden, or a giant enemy crab on the beach, if you like.
– Optimized for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 – Bug fixes and performance enhancements – iOS 4.3 or above is now required
Dropbox version 1.5.7: Dropbox gets a few nice new features today including improved video streaming, support for Password-protected Office documents on iOS 6, Italian and Iberian Spanish language support, and more.
• Improved video streaming • Italian and Iberian Spanish language support • Support for Password-protected Office documents (iOS 6) • Various bug fixes and performance improvement
Autodesk FormIt: A new mobile app from Autodesk will allow you to “Use real-world site information to help create forms in context and support early design decisions with real building data.” In other words, the ability to create building design concepts using a gallery of shapes, a searchable map interface, and satellite imagery to “design directly in the context of your proposed building location.” The iPad app is available for free on the App Store.
KORG iPolysix: KORG is releasing an analog polyphonic synthesizer app today for iPad that uses its “proprietary “CMT” (Component Modeling Technology) to simulate the actual electronic circuits” of the 1981 six-voice Polysix analog polyphonic synthesizer. The app is 50% off to celebrate its introduction.
Minecraft Stories September 6, 2012
Gmail version 1.3.1: The Gmail iOS app was updated today with the ability to open web links within the Chrome iOS app instead of Safari. A handful of bug fixes were also included.
Tumblr version 3.1.0: Tumblr’s iPhone app gets a nice update that brings improvements to notifications, the ability to discover new blogs to follow via Facebook or your contacts and an option for your friends to sign up within the app itself. Other improvements included in the update: you can now track specific tags, a fast re-blog option by tapping and holding the re-blog icon and the ability to send fan mail. There are also some new sharing options when holding the “Like” button.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition version 0.4.0: A major release for the Pocket Edition of Minecraft includes a ton of new features, items, tweaks and bug fixes. A full list of what is new is below:
– Chests for storing items! – Beds for skipping to dawn (day and nights are now longer), and set your spawn point to the bed’s position. – Creepers and TNT (use flint and steel to ignite)! – Added food. Eat it to restore health. – Farming; wheat, seeds and hoe. – Peaceful mode setting: healing and no monsters. – Trapdoor, new dyes and a few new recipes. + More: close to 20 bug fixes and tweaks, e.g. monsters spawned when bright, client fall damage.
Plants vs. Zombies version 1.9.5: Along with full HD support for the new Retina iPad, PopCap updated all the Plants vs. Zombies iOS apps today with five new levels, three new achievements and new weapons and game modes: expand full story