Microsoft has announced to close down its ambitious game Minecraft Earth, and the reason behind it is the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was a rival to Pokémon Go and was designed in blocks covering the world where players could meet and play the game together. The Minecraft team says that the game was developed for free movement and collaborative play which is unfortunately impossible because of the ongoing pandemic.
The game’s final build will roll out today, which will be less time consuming to build the craft and reduce the prices of some materials. The game will let the users craft and build their virtual world more easily while staying at home before the game is officially closed on 30th June 2021. No one would be able to download the game after 30th June; moreover, the existing users’ data will be deleted from the Minecraft systems by 1st July.
Furthermore, the payers won’t be able to buy any new item within the game and all the paid ruby balanced will be automatically converted into Minecoins through which the players can buy skins, maps, etc. from the Minecraft Market.