Today Mojang Studios has informed the Minecraft Earth community that it’s shutting down the augmented reality app. Today the last update was published on the Android and iOS appstores. Mojang Studios specifically mentioning the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons why the game is shutting down.
Their statement: ”Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to re-allocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community and to end support for Minecraft Earth in June 2021.”
”On June 30, we will discontinue all content and service support for the game. This means that we will stop all development, and after that date, you will be unable to download or play Minecraft Earth anymore. On July 1, we will delete any Minecraft Earth player data unrelated to Character Creator and Minecoin entitlements.”
”All players with paid ruby balances will be granted Minecoins, which you can use on the Minecraft Marketplace to purchase skin and texture packs, maps, and even minigames. Plus, if you’ve ever made a purchase in Minecraft Earth, you will receive a free copy of Minecraft (the Bedrock version) so you can get a fresh start while grabbing some goodies from the Marketplace!”
It’s the second mobile app Microsoft is shutting down, as Gears POP! is also shutting down this year. All real-money transactions have been disabled and Mojang is reducing ruby costs for players.
You can read the full statement here.