Due to the ongoing pandemic, Minecraft Earth is now sadly coming to an end mid this year to allocate development resources elsewhere.
“Minecraft Earth was designed around free movement and collaborative play – two things that have become near impossible in the current global situation.”– Minecraft.net
According to Minecraft.net, the developers do want to take the game out with a bit of a bang so the dedicated players can have some fun. Yesterday, January 5, 2020, one last final build of the game has been released which does the following:
- Removing real-money transactions
- Drastically reducing ruby costs
- Including all completed, unreleased content currently in our pipeline
- Reducing time requirements for crafting and smelting
- Replacing unused crafting & smelting boosts with radius boosts of the same level
- Granting a set of Character Creator items to players who sign in between January 5 and June 30
Players will have until June 30th of this year to enjoy Minecraft Earth before it is deactivated entirely.
“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.”– Minecraft.net
On July 1st, the Minecraft team will delete all Minecraft Earth player data if it is not related to the Character Creator or Minecoin entitlements. As for purchases made in the game, all players with paid ruby balances will be granted Minecoins to be used in the Minecraft Marketplace.
Also, you will get a free copy of Minecraft Bedrock Edition to use those Minecoins and enjoy Minecraft on another platform if you ever made a purchase in Minecraft Earth.
“That being said, we want to take a moment to thank all of the players and creators that are bringing new adventures, mobs, and free in-game items for the community to enjoy while we finalize our timeline for sunsetting the game. Your feedback and creations brought this game to an entirely different level, from the regular build challenges you absolutely smashed to the incredible builds you shared on social media. We’re eternally grateful for the amazing talent in the Minecraft community. This was not an easy decision, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure you get the most out of Minecraft Earth before it sunsets.”– Minecraft.net