Yesterday, along with news about iOS 13, the new iPadOS, and a $12,000 Mac Pro computer, Tim Cook and the team at Apple also showed off our first real look at Minecraft Earth. The new game/experience is coming to Android and iOS later this year, and features an impressive AR world built in Minecraft that users can interact with, and even get inside, as we learned yesterday. Here’s the full video:
While the free-to-play Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android (7 and up) and iOS (10 and up), Microsoft showed off two new features that will only be available to iOS, People Occlusion, and Motion Capture:
- People Occlusion, which allows us to put people directly inside of life-size “Minecraft Earth” 3D holograms. You can walk through and around your holograms, or see friends doing so inside of your creations, as if they were taking up real-world space.
- Players will also be able to trigger animations for their in-game characters using Motion Capture for the first time. This feature maps the gestures of a real-life player to trigger a pre-set animation in-game.
If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for Minecraft Earth to get a chance at an early look at the new game as it goes into beta “this summer.”Further reading: Android, Apple, iOS, Minecraft, Minecraft Earth, WWDC 2019