Microsoft will be shutting down its augmented-reality version ofÂ Minecraft,Â known as Minecraft Earth,Â beginning in June, 2021, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft blamed the pandemic as a cause, as well as the lack of freedom of movement that the game required.
At its core,Â Minecraft Earth was a game based upon exploration and discovery. During the early days of lockdown, my kids and I would wander around the neighborhood, looking for animals, ores, and dungeons to explore. But Microsoft said that the â€œcurrent global situationâ€� prevented the free movement and collaborative play that allowedÂ Minecraft Earth to survive.